CDCR and CCHCS are prepared to address exposure to COVID-19 through infection control practices already in place to prevent the spread of any communicable disease. Based on guidance from the CDC, and to ensure we are as prepared as possible to respond to any exposure to COVID-19 specifically, we are building upon the robust influenza infection control guidelines already in place at each institution. These guidelines clearly define procedures for prevention of transmission, management of suspected and confirmed cases including isolation and quarantine protocols, surveillance of patients, and routine cleaning and disinfection procedures. If there is a suspected case of COVID-19, we will follow the policies and procedures already in place for modified programming for any affected housing units and institutions. We will continue to update guidelines for COVID-19 response based on CDC recommendations and will maintain cooperation with local and state health departments and the law enforcement community.
Executives and staff at CDCR and CCHCS are working closely with infectious disease control experts preparing for a scenario where COVID-19 (new coronavirus) could significantly affect operations. The multidisciplinary workgroup includes health care executives, public health nurses, custody and prison operations executives, occupational safety experts and department planners responsible for business continuity. We will continue to ensure inmate safety and security, and the continuation of access to medical, dental, and mental health services.