Entrance Screening

Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID‑19) self‑screening entrance process – updated

January 3, 2022

Effective immediately, this memorandum updates expectations related to Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) entrance screening at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) institutions/facilities, and all CDCR, DJJ and California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) Headquarters (HQ), regional and field offices. In an ongoing effort to prevent disease transmission, each individual shall complete a daily self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms and exposures. All CDCR and DJJ institutions/facilities and all CDCR, DJJ and CCHCS HQ, regional and field offices shall implement and abide by the procedures outlined in this memorandum to maintain consistency and effectiveness of entrance self-screening.

Attestation of self-screening

Prior to entering into an institution/facility, HQ, regional or field office, each individual will complete a daily self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms and exposure. Staff shall not come to work nor enter any institutions, HQs, regional or field offices, if they have been:

  1. Experiencing COVID-related symptoms not caused by a diagnosed underlying health care condition or caused by a recent COVID-19 vaccination.
  2. In close contact with anyone known to have a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 test or symptoms consistent with COVID-19 while not wearing appropriate personal protective equipment in the last 14 days regardless of your vaccination status.
  3. Tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 10 days.

If staff answer yes to any of these questions, Do Not Come to Work and follow the usual call-off procedure.

Thank you for your continued dedication and commitment to reducing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting the health and safety of our incarcerated people, staff, and the public. If you have any questions, please contact your respective supervisor or manager.

Staff can view additional information on entrance self-screening, rapid testing, and other COVID-19 topics here to access these resources. For additional detailed information about our COVID-19 response efforts, please visit the public COVID-19 webpage here.