Public health shifts COVID public health case investigation, contact tracing and outbreak investigation priorities

Lassen County Public Health will be limiting case investigation and contact tracing to the general population in order to shift our efforts and priorities to high-risk individuals or settings.

LCPH will no longer monitor individual positive cases or send quarantine and isolation orders when receiving a positive COVID-19 test. LCPH will ensure high-risk individuals and businesses with outbreaks will continue to be monitored.

LCPH will continue COVID-19 testing from 9 to 11 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and results will be received via phone call. If a paper copy is needed, inform staff at time of phone call or call LCPH at 251-8183 during normal business hours.

We encourage the public to continue slowing the spread of COVID-19 by:

  1. Wear masks: upgrade your mask to ensure a tight and safe fit.
  2. Get tested: If you are feeling sick – regardless of vaccination status, please stay home and test for COVID-19. If you receive a positive test, isolate for five days.
  3. Get vaccinated: Current recommendations for boosters are for everyone age 12-17 to get a booster dose of Pfizer at least five months after their last dose of their primary series. Everyone ages 18+ who received Moderna, Pfizer or Janssen to get a booster dose of either Moderna or Pfizer at least five months after their last dose of their primary series. If moderately or severely immunocompromised, who received a third dose when first recommended to do so, are eligible for an additional dose.

Moderate or severely immunocompromised qualifying for an additional dose is one of the following categories:

Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood.

Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system.

Received a stem cell transplant within the last two years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system.

Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome).

Advanced or untreated HIV infection.

Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress their immune response.

People should talk to their healthcare provider about COVID-19 vaccination given their medical condition.

Due to these changes, LassenCares will only be reporting the following: new cases, total cases, hospital count, death count, positives that are fully vaccinated and hospitalizations that are fully vaccinated.

To read CDPH’s full guidance, visit:
https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Guidance.aspx.