California public health officials are eliminating the requirement that state employees who test positive for COVID-19 and are asymptomatic must quarantine.
The new guidelines took effect Saturday and will remain in effect until February first. The new rules also state any healthcare providers who have been exposed and are asymptomatic may return to work but must wear an N-95 respirator. The head of the California Nurses Association criticized the new rules, calling them a major disaster waiting to happen.
Several local hospitals, including UC Davis, experienced an uptick in patients checking in with COVID symptoms following the holiday break. Medical experts are warning omicron cases could peak in a matter of days.