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COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions CMA has received during the COVID-19 outbreak. By default, the most recent answers will appear up top. You can also filter the FAQ by category. We will update this resource regularly.

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What are physicians supposed to do once they have a patient that does test positive for COVID-19.?

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Per Title17 Section 2500 of the California Code of Regulations, cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), must be reported immediately by telephone to the local health officer for the jurisdiction where the patient resides. For questions about COVID-19 reporting or other communicable disease reporting requirements, please contact your local health department. The specific COVID-19 reporting form can be found here

The CDC has also provided guidance for Risk Assessment and Work Restrictions for Healthcare Personnel with potential exposure to COVID-19, which can be found here and in CMA’s COVID-19 Employer Toolkit for Medical Practices.

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