Reporting Cases to Public Health with the SPOT Intake Form
If you meet the reporting threshold set for your workplace setting, complete the SPOT Intake Form online to report the cases to Santa Cruz Public Health. If you do not meet the reporting threshold but still want to connect with Public Health for guidance, you can still use the SPOT Intake Form (linked above) to submit a report. After the form is complete, you may be contacted by a member of Public Health’s Workplace Investigation Team to determine if further investigation is warranted. In general, reporting thresholds are broken down into the following two categories:
- Non-healthcare settings: Under AB 685 non-healthcare workplaces, including congregate settings, such as schools or daycare facilities, must report to the county when they experience 3 or more cases within a 14 day period.
- Healthcare settings: Healthcare settings, such as Acute Care Hospitals, Long-Term Care Facilities, and Long-Term Acute Care Hospitals should report all cases. For more detailed guidance, see CDPH All Facilities Letter 20-75.
Technical Note: Mobile devices and operating systems are not supported on SPOT. It is best to use a desktop or laptop. If neither is available, please contact Public Health at (831) 454-4242 or email HSACD@santacruzcounty.us.
Reporting to Environmental Health
Businesses overseen by Environmental Health (i.e. food facilities, public pools, body art, or organized camps) should also report the cases directly to Env.Hlth@santacruzcounty.us.
Reporting to Cal/OSHA
Any serious injury, illness, or death occurring in any place of employment or in connection with any employment must be reported by the employer to the local Cal/OSHA district office immediately. For COVID-19, this includes hospitalizations and deaths among employees, even if work-relatedness is uncertain. To speak with a bilingual Cal/OSHA representative during normal business hours, please call 833-579-0927. Cal/OSHA prefers calls by phone but will also accept email reports (firstname.lastname@example.org). More information on the Cal/OSHA website.