New Form Designed to Help Businesses Control COVID-19 Outbreaks

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– County officials and local business owners have consistently shared in a mission to reassure customers and employees that their health and wellbeing is of paramount concern. Heavy participation in programs such as the COVID-Compliant Business Partnership has demonstrated to County and State officials how serious we are about reopening our businesses.

The County has now introduced another tool to assist businesses in their efforts to keep employees and others safe: the COVID-19 Facility Outbreak/Cluster Reporting form.

The form’s purpose is simple: to make it easy to notify the County Department of Public Health when a business suspects a potential COVID-19 outbreak at a specific facility or workplace. Quickly sharing such concerns with DPH gives the department the information needed to immediately respond with steps that can help prevent further spread, minimizing the impacts on business operations.

Employers or their employees can use the form to alert DPH when it appears a facility is experiencing an unusual number of COVID-19 cases — with all information kept strictly confidential and used exclusively to help control the further spread of the virus.

“By receiving this information right away, we are able to immediately respond and nip a potential outbreak in the bud,” said Corwin Porter, the County Public Health director.  “Increasing testing of residents throughout the county and then reacting quickly when an outbreak is detected will help us slow the spread of the virus and get our lives back to normal.”

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