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Month: April 2020

Alameda County COVID-19 Testing Task Force Formed

The Alameda County Public Health Department has formed a COVID-19 Testing Task Force to develop and implement a coordinated testing program to address disparities, ensure countywide access, and support the County’s COVID response. We are mindful of public concern about COVID-19 testing and support strategies that help community members and critical infrastructure workers to make informed decisions about their health and that of their families.

Through increased coordination of existing testing capacity as well as public-private partnerships with cities, health care providers, and non-traditional providers, our goal is to reach 2,500 COVID- 19 tests per day countywide, with testing of all symptomatic individuals. This strategy is closely aligned with our overall COVID-19 response, which includes investigating every reported case, extensive contact tracing, isolation and quarantine, outbreak mitigation, and protecting high-risk individuals and health care workers.

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Is the Virus on My Clothes? My Shoes? My Hair? My Newspaper?

We asked the experts to answer questions about all the places coronavirus lurks (or doesn’t). You’ll feel better after reading this.

When we asked readers to send their questions about coronavirus, a common theme emerged: Many people are fearful about tracking the virus into their homes on their clothes, their shoes, the mail and even the newspaper.

We reached out to infectious disease experts, aerosol scientists and microbiologists to answer reader questions about the risks of coming into contact with the virus during essential trips outside and from deliveries. While we still need to take precautions, their answers were reassuring.

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