COVID-19 Update: September 2, 2021

COVID-19 Update: September 2, 2021

Your Right to Know if You’ve Been Exposed at Work
Last Fall, Governor Newsom signed AB 685 into law, which requires employers to provide written notification within 24 hours to all employees who were on the premises at the same worksite as a co-worker  who tested positive for COVID-19 (this does not apply to known COVID patients). Learn more about the rule from Cal/Osha here. California’s Aerosol Transmitted Disease Standard requires notification within 96 hours of a patient exposure.

If you believe your employer is putting you or your coworkers at risk by failing to provide notification of a COVID-19 exposure, contact your steward or call CalOsha at (800) 963-9424 to file a complaint. Learn more about filing complaints here.

How Contagious is Delta? One Unmasked Story Time Caused 27 Infections
The Marin County case of a schoolteacher who took her mask off to read a story to her students shows how quickly the variant can spread, ultimately infecting 22 children and 5 adults. Keep those masks on.

Hospitalization Numbers Make the Case for Vaccines

As this infographic shows, we are in a surge of the unvaccinated now, with the vast majority of hospitalizations and deaths occurring among those who haven’t yet gotten their vaccine. The more of us who get the shot, the quicker we can push these numbers down and get our ICUs back to normal capacity again.