Earlier this week Santa Clara County put out a brand new order requiring companies to find out the vaccination standing of staff. It appears like Solano County is not going to be following that lead anytime quickly.
The order, a primary within the Bay Space, might quickly free vaccinated staff from necessities to put on masks and socially distance within the office. However that freedom would come at the price of employers accumulating medical info and imposing stricter guidelines on their unvaccinated staff, an unnerving prospect for some.
Solano County District 1 Supervisor Erin Hannigan, who says Solano County gained’t be following that path, wonders how that may even be doable with Well being Insurance coverage Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) legal guidelines.
“There are lots of authorized points concerned with that. We’re not going to be the guinea pig,” Hannigan informed the Occasions-Herald on Thursday. “If Santa Clara desires to do one thing like that and it really works, then good for them. However that’s one thing we’re going to steer clear of.”
Federal tips introduced final week enable the absolutely vaccinated — those that are two weeks previous their last shot — to forgo masks outside and in most indoor settings, comparable to at shops or workplaces. California will undertake these tips on June 15, when the state plans to drop most pandemic restrictions.
However what is going to the necessities be for the work place?
“Some companies are going to require you to put on masks and a few aren’t,” Hannigan stated. “There was speaking about staff having to presumably put on one thing that claims in the event that they’re vaccinated or not. However even that, you’re engaged on the respect system.”
Hannigan admitted slightly frustration with Solano County’s standing as the one Bay Space county that hasn’t moved up the much less restrictive orange tier. Solano remains to be within the purple tier, with 33,111 whole instances and 234 deaths. The 7-day positivity price is 5.6. Many close by Bay Space communities like San Francisco are within the even much less restrictive yellow tier.
The supervisor believes Solano County will seemingly not not transfer up a tier earlier than the state reopens formally on June 15, in accordance with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order. When the state does reopen, many selections will must be made about methods to function within the office if it’s not from one’s residence.
“There must be a while to determine the legalities with bringing folks again to the work place,” Hannigan stated. “Town might want to have a dialog on that ultimately as many individuals need everybody fully again by January. In the course of the pandemic lots of staff once they had been requested to not work within the workplace anymore, they moved to a different city. Lots of people working within the Bay Space moved out of the Bay Space. Is it honest to ask them to come back again?”
Solano County Well being Advisor Jayleen Richards stated that after the state reopens on June 15, the county can be wanting towards the state for steering.
“Like all the time, we’ll comply with the state’s instructions,” Richards stated. “Whether or not or not companies are allowed to put on masks or not within the office and the way they function, that’s slightly out of our scope and extra for the state to determine.”
Richards stated no most occupancy legal guidelines will seemingly be modified besides presumably for big outside occasions comparable to concert events, conventions and expositions.
“We need to begin pulling collectively of us for a dialog on the easiest way to supply steering for communities, each on the neighborhood degree and invididual degree,” Richards stated. “We need to discover out the very best methods for companies to reopen safely on this new local weather.
“Look, we already know what to do. We’ve got to put on a masks and wash fingers and keep socially distant,” Richards continued. “For these companies not requiring one to put on a masks you then must be much more cautious with being socially distant from one another.”
Santa Clara County public well being officer Sara Cody stated Wednesday that the brand new well being order was imposed as a result of the federal steering on masking from the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention assumed “everybody is aware of everybody else’s vaccination standing,” which “just isn’t all the time the case.” As well as, California’s workplace-safety board has but to replace its necessities.
“We needed to fill the hole,” Cody stated, noting that if a vaccinated employee is uncovered at work, she or he can proceed working however somebody whose standing is unknown or who just isn’t vaccinated should quarantine in that scenario. Cody stated the county just isn’t considering guidelines requiring clients of companies to show their vaccination standing.
Bay Space employment lawyer Sandy Rappaport of Hanson Bridgett in San Francisco stated employers basically should maintain vaccination standing confidential, however by outlining completely different guidelines for these with out pictures the county’s order “appears to mandate that employers disclose staff’ vaccination standing” since unvaccinated employees must put on masks.
Bay Space Information Group reporter Ethan Baron contributed to this story.