Category Archives: Contact Tracing

Case Update: September 9th, 2020

Friends,
This is a case update from the last week. For the US and California, confirmed case numbers continue to improve. In San Diego, we seem to be having a small bump in cases right now, after a consistent fall since late July. My friend Brit Colanter who works at San Diego County Public Health tells me that there was an outbreak at SDSU in the last few weeks. 444 cases so far and 1 hospitalization.

Graph is by me, from data collected from Johns Hopkins University COVID site.
Graph is by me, from data collected from Johns Hopkins University COVID site.
Graph is by me, from data collected from Johns Hopkins University COVID site.
Graph is by me, from data collected from Johns Hopkins University COVID site.
Graph is by me, from data collected from Johns Hopkins University COVID site. “Active Confirmed Cases” numbers are calculated based on the assumption that patients confirmed to have SARS-2 virus at least 17 days ago have recovered.
Graph is by me, from data collected from San Diego County Public Health. See also regularly updated slides from SD County.
Graph is by me, from data collected from San Diego County Public Health. See also regularly updated slides from SD County. Some data points of “Active Confirmed Cases” are from SD County, others are calculated.
From Rt Live.

I just got back from a trip to a hospital lab in Rochester, New York, helping them expand their COVID testing. As much as we can grumble about conditions here in California, they are even more strict in New York. New York has a quarantine program going for residents of some states, including California! I was required to check in with Contact Tracing every day, and stay in my hotel room when I wasn’t at the lab. So I was kind of under house arrest!

I have a new appreciation for Door Dash and other delivery people working out there today. So thanks to all of you who are working hard to bring needed items to those who can’t leave their house! You have important work right now!

Don’t fear, but be smart!
Erik

PS. I’ve heard a rumor that many African nations are having official events to pray for the US. Many thanks to my African readers for your prayers. We certainly need them!

San Diego County Residents Encouraged to Get Tested for COVID-19

My friend who works for San Diego County Health, Brit Colanter, just posted that all San Diego County residents are encouraged to get tested for COVID-19. Check with your health care provider first to see if they will give you a free test. If not, check the below website, or call 2-1-1 for an appointment at a County Site. State run testing sites are located in Escondido, El Cajon, Chula Vista, San Ysidro and Southeastern San Diego. Check the website for a phone number or link to get an appointment at a state site.

These are likely the Abbott, ID Now rapid COVID test.

Getting a test gives you peace of mind, but also helps scientists understand the real rate of infection in the County!

Happy Testing!
Erik

San Diego County Will Scale Up Testing and Contact Tracing

Originally posted on April 29th, 2020 on Facebook

Brit Colanter just shared some info from San Diego County Public Health. San Diego will be scaling up contact tracing soon! This is the practice of informing those who have been in contact with sick individuals. This technique has been very helpful in some of the more successful countries, So. Korea, Taiwan, and others. It will help us get back to normal more quickly!