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Crisis Care Guidelines
California Is Experiencing an Unprecedented and Exponential Surge in COVID-19 Cases

On December 28, 2020, California Department of Public Health issued All Facilities Letter 20-91, California Crisis Care Continuum Guidelines. The Guidelines outline resources and expectations for all health facilities to achieve the following goals:

  • All facilities are able to remain in conventional or contingent care as long as possible.
  • All facilities have prepared plans for crisis care if needed and as a last resort.
  • All facilities work with other facilities, healthcare networks, local healthcare coalition, local public health and their local Medical Health Operational Are Coordinators (MHOACs) to provide support needed so all California facilities can remain in contingent care as long as possible, to ensure that healthcare is delivered based on ethical principles including equity.
  • The public has clear and transparent information about the crisis care continuum and facilities’ approach to crisis care during this surge.

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