Public Health drops mask mandates for K-12 schools – Santa Monica Daily Press

LA County will enter into a post-surge period today as daily COVID hospitalizations remain below 2500 for the seventh consecutive day. A modified LA County Health Officer Order will be posted and effective at 12:01 am on Feb. 16 recommending, but no longer requiring, outdoor masking at outdoor mega events and outdoor spaces at TK-12 schools and childcare sites.

Public Health is also launching additional post-surge strategies for COVID-19 case investigations, including a new text messaging option that provides information for people who have tested positive and allows these individuals to complete their case interview online.

Residents who test positive will receive an initial text message from DPH with easy-to-follow instructions for isolation and links for additional information, including a link requesting they complete an online case interview survey. Residents can complete the survey at their own pace over the next 8 days.

Public Health will continue to maintain a call center for residents who test positive where they can receive information and support. Residents can call 833-540-0473 seven days a week from 8am – 8:30pm. Residents will also receive additional information at testing sites about what to do if they do test positive.

Residents are reminded to remain home when sick, isolate if they test positive and quarantine if they were in close contact with someone with COVID-19.

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