Beginning March 14, 2022, the requirements for completing COVID-19 special incident reports (SIRs) as specified in the Department’s May 22, 2020 Directive are amended as follows:
- An individual tests positive for a new case of COVID-19; or
- An individual’s death is attributed to COVID-19, either by confirmed COVID-19 positive testing or by medical diagnosis
Service providers and regional centers should only report COVID-19 related incidents that meet the amended requirements above, and clearly indicate in each SIR a description of which reporting requirement applies. For clarity:
- A “new case” means the first time someone becomes ill from COVID-19, or a subsequent illness after recovery from a prior COVID-19 illness. Please do not report every positive test result for the same instance of illness. For example, do not report every positive test result as someone tries to achieve a negative test to exit quarantine.
- Please note, this change therefore shifts from reporting the number of individuals who have been sick, to the number of COVID-19 cases that occur. Reporting is intended to capture illness trends and where they occur. This change will capture multiple cases for one individual (e.g., someone who got both delta and omicron several months apart).
- “An individual’s death is attributed to COVID-19” means a death described in the SIR as attributed to COVID-19.
Providers and regional centers should only report COVID-19 related incidents that meet these requirements and clearly indicate in the incident description box the reporting criteria met. If you have any questions regarding this Directive, please contact Leslie Morrison at (916) 214-3706 or email@example.com . Click here for an updated list of COVID-19 symptoms from the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).