Use the NEW COVID-19 Confidential Morbidity Report (CMR) form to IMMEDIATELY report the following to Santa Cruz County Public Health, Communicable Disease Unit (CDU):

  • Any Suspected Case associated with Vulnerable Populations
  • ALL Lab-Positive Cases

Tips: Download the fillable PDF. Type or write case information. Click “Save as” or “Print to PDF” before sending via fax/secure email.

Healthcare Providers and Lab Information

Clinicians should use their judgement to determine if a patient has signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19 and whether the patient should be tested. Asymptomatic patients who are close contacts or household contacts to a confirmed case of COVID-19 should be prioritized for testing as well.

There are currently two testing options for COVID-19: commercial labs and Public Health Labs:
  • For patients suspected to have COVID-19, providers may send specimens directly to commercial laboratories WITHOUT notifying Public Health about testing. However, if the patient is suspected for COVID-19 and associated with a vulnerable population, please promptly call the Communicable Disease Unit at 831-454-4114 and submit a COVID-19 Confidential Morbidity Report (CMR) form via fax 831-454-5049 or secure email
  • If a patient meets clinical and/or epidemiological criteria, providers may choose to coordinate with Santa Cruz County Public Health to send specimens to a Public Health Lab (PHL).

Please report all lab-positive cases of COVID-19 by calling the Communicable Disease Unit (CDU) at 831-454-4114 (Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM) and sending a COVID-19 CMR via fax to (831) 454-5049.

For more information on testing and reporting COVID-19 cases, please see the links in the Instructions and Lab Information section below.

Forms & Instructions

Lab Information



Behavioral Health (Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Treatment) Providers

County Behavioral Health has developed a series of FAQs for providers focusIng on COVID-19-related changes to Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Medi-Cal services.

Behavioral Health FAQs

Behavioral Health and DHCS Resources