OSHPD Facility Development Division COVID-19 Resources

General COVID-19 Information #

California Department of Public Health Guidance #

AFL 18-09 Requesting Increased Patient Accommodations Including Medical Surge Tent Use.

AFL 20-26 Suspension of Regulatory Enforcement of Hospital Requirements re-issued 2/1/2021 (originally issued 3/20/2020 and revised on 7/3/2020).

For temporary changes of use or modifications to the physical environment for COVID-19, an OSHPD permit is not required until the end of the waiver date in AFL 20-26.  OSHPD compliance officer or other OSHPD field staff should be informed of these temporary changes. To determine the OSHPD field staff responsible for a facility, select the appropriate facility in OSHPD Facility Detail.  Notify CDPH as required by AFL 20-26.  

AFL 20-48 Transfers to Low Acuity Alternate Care Sites During Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic.

New AFL 21-09 Additional Temporary Waivers Tied to the Hospital Surge Public Health Order

See list of COVID-19 Facility Waivers granted by CDPH.

Surge Tents#

See guidance provide by California Department of Public Health in AFL-18-09 .

Where surge tents do not meet State Fire Marshal requirements, OSHPD recommends providing a fire watch per Policy Intent Notice 14.

Negative Pressure Room#

See Policy Intent Notice 4.  Even though this was written for tuberculosis (TB) cases, this applies for the current COVID-19 Emergency.

Vaccine Freezer Permit Checklist#

See checklist (v6, dated 12/17/2020)

This is intended to be used for the expedited review and installation of Ultra Low Temperature Freezers used for the storage of COVID vaccines in California healthcare facilities. The checklist summarizes and references the applicable requirements from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) as adopted and amended to the California Building Standards Code.

Applicants should verify compliance of the plans submitted for building permit with all referenced requirements from OSHPD when completing this checklist. The checklist should be completed by the project architect or engineer based on the design actually reflected in the plans at the time of completion of the checklist. This checklist only references OSHPD requirements associated with the
installation of these freezers. Upon receipt of the project with this checklist, the project will be expedited.  If all items with an * comply, no permit or anchorage is required. Coordinate with Compliance Officer.

Buildup of Frost or Ice on Vaporizers and Pipes due to High Flow Medical Oxygen#

Use of Plastic Barriers Used for Separation of COVID Positive Areas in Healthcare Facilities#

OSHPD Emergency Operation Events#

Log of events in OSHPD Emergency Operations:

These documents are subject to frequent changes as new information is received.

Contact Information #

For questions or comments related to this website, please email OSHPD COVID19 Emergency Operations at EOC@oshpd.ca.gov