The Placer County Public Health Division aligns with California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and Cal/OSHA and will not differ.

Additional guidance for employee operations regarding return to work, Cal/OSHA ETS, FAQs and general work information can be found here. Information from the CDPH regarding AB 685 can be found here, along with AB 685 definitions and FAQs.

Reopening Guidance 

Reopen Placer Opens in new windowBusinesses that are reopening may find guidelines and checklists for safety measures on the Reopen Placer website.

Currently, Placer County is in alignment with the Cal/OSHA workplace guidance. For the latest Cal/OSHA workplace guidance, visit the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Workplace website.

If you have questions about the Cal/OSHA guidance, contact Cal/OSHA through the Cal/OSHA consultation portal.

Outbreak Reporting

As of January 1, 2021, California AB 685 requires businesses to report all COVID-19 related outbreaks in their workplace to their local health department.

An outbreak is defined as three or more confirmed COVID-19 cases within a 14-day period that are from different households. Only cases associated with an outbreak need to be reported to the local health department.

Steps for Placer County employers when reporting COVID-19 related outbreaks:

Placer County utilizes the Shared Portal for Outbreak Tracking (SPOT) to gather information about workplace outbreaks.  To begin submitting the required AB 685 reporting information through the SPOT platform, you will first need to request access to SPOT.

Requesting Access to SPOT

Step One: Complete the application (linked below) to submit a SPOT Intake Form.

Note: While the completion of the application is the first step of reporting (thereby meeting the 24-hour requirement in place by Cal/OSHA), you will still need to submit case information via SPOT once you receive access to be fully compliant.

Step Two: Once you have submitted your request, the Placer County Case Investigation office will review your form and email you with the next steps.   The Placer County Case Investigation office is open Monday – Friday from 9 AM to 3 PM. The office is closed on all county holidays. If you submit your account request over the weekend or on a county holiday, your request will be reviewed the next workday.

Using SPOT To Report COVID-19 Related Outbreaks

Step One: Refer to the instructions in the email you received from the Placer County Case Investigation office and complete all required information for positive COVID-19 cases associated to the outbreak through SPOT.

Step Two: Complete contact tracing for your workplace to identify close contacts of the COVID-19 positive cases.  You do not need to report close contact information to Placer County Public Health.  

Step Three:  Each additional COVID-19 case related to an outbreak (within 14 days from the first identified case) should be reported through SPOT. 

Isolation and Quarantine Guidance

“Isolation and quarantine guidance for the general population can be found here. Isolation and quarantine guidance from Cal/OSHA ETS can be found here along with an isolation and quarantine factsheet.


For information and FAQs regarding Childcare guidance please visit the California Department of Social Services. For additional information please visit California COVID-19 Response website and the CDPH.

Other Resources

For financial resources including assistance navigating loan and grant programs, visit the Placer County Business Resource Center website, call 916-770-8380 or email [email protected]