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Coronavirus central: Santa Clara County puts call out for contact tracers

Original post made on May 22, 2020

The new coronavirus continues to take its toll on the Midpeninsula, where Santa Clara County reported 2,492 coronavirus cases and 138 deaths as of Wednesday. San Mateo County reported 48 new cases, raising its total to 1,738.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, May 22, 2020, 11:21 AM

Comments (15)

Posted by resident
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 22, 2020 at 12:12 pm

Does "volunteer" mean they expect you to work 40 hours/week for free? Seriously? Why isn't the Federal government putting up money for this important safety project?

Posted by Why has it taken so long to hire people to do this?
a resident of North Bayshore
on May 22, 2020 at 12:41 pm

Why has it taken so long to hire people to do this? People need jobs. This is important. Hire people. We should have hired and train people back in March, it's now May.

Posted by Why has it taken so long to hire people to do this?
a resident of North Bayshore
on May 22, 2020 at 12:42 pm

Why has it taken so long to hire people to do this? People need jobs. This is important. We should have hired and trained people back in March, it's now May.

Posted by Sylvan Park Neighbor
a resident of Sylvan Park
on May 22, 2020 at 2:34 pm

Web Link says "If you’re not currently a California state, county, city, special district, or public school district employee, you will likely be on an unpaid, volunteer basis."

The answer to "why volunteers" is "money". We've starved this program for years, the state budget has been knocked into a tailspin by COVID, and the federal government is refusing to step up and provide the needed funds (talk to your Rep, Anna Eshoo, to discover why).

There probably are people who can volunteer for this full time and I'm sure they want to maximize their use of training (you can train 1000 full time people or 2000 half-time people, how do you spend your training budget?) If they are able to get retirees and people who are unemployed to volunteer, great, but we could share the load if it wasn't a full time position deal. Volunteering 1d/week, for example, could be a lot more doable for a lot more people.

Posted by Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act
a resident of Blossom Valley
on May 22, 2020 at 5:15 pm

"talk to your Rep, Anna Eshoo, to discover why"

Yes. She'll point you to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act that has passed and has been killed by McConnell and the president.

Can you imagine? 95,000 Americans killed, tens of millions lives ruined, and trump won't do a damn thing.

Wonder if he has his tee time already set up this weekend? It's either that, of a hundred angry tweets.

Maybe both. Gosh, can't wait.

Posted by JR
a resident of another community
on May 26, 2020 at 7:58 am

I can't see this program achieving its goal with only volunteer staffing. Now more than ever, people need income and a way to keep food on the table. Very few people can afford to stop working and volunteer for tens of hours per week. This program needs to hire the best and the brightest, and they should be PAID like the best and the brightest.

Posted by Clarification Sought
a resident of Cuesta Park
on May 26, 2020 at 9:52 am

Is contact tracing for COVID-19 similar to contact tracing for STDs?

With 'safe distancing' mandates currently in place, I would imagine that the number of recorded STD cases have dropped.

Posted by Bob
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 29, 2020 at 4:43 pm

I hope that everyone realizes that, according to these and other data published by the County, that ominous-sounding total of "over 2,700" cases represents just 0.07% of the County's population of almost 2 million. So at about 100 days after the County's first case of COVID-19, which we were told was much, much faster-spreading than the flu, 1 out of every 1,429 citizens has caught the disease, as far as we know. Lest anyone think that this low number is caused by inadequate testing that's masking a huge undetected pool of infections, the information at the County's online dashboards does not support such a conclusion. The rate of positive test results has not been over 10% since April 13; that is, 90+% of tests have come back negative. So far in May, the largest daily percentage of positive test results has been 2.5%. In the last 10 days, we've paid for almost 17,000 tests to find only 198 infected people, or 1.2% of those tested. If we're testing in order to find infected people so they can be quarantined and treated, so the spread can be reduced by contact tracing, why are we still so bad at it? After nearly three months of testing only those believed to have an above-average chance of being infected, why can we find only 1 or 2 sick people for every 100 tests? Various officials are urging us in the strongest terms to expand testing to 4,000 a day, but what purpose would be served (other than spending much more of the people's money) by expanding a testing regime which is so extravagantly inefficient at helping us control the contagion?

Posted by If you choose to protest, please wear masks
a resident of North Bayshore
on Jun 3, 2020 at 10:08 am

An important quote from the article, "Those ages 20 and under showed the largest increase of any other age group in the county."

If you choose to protest, please wear masks and please bring extra masks for other people.

Over 20,000 African Americans have died of COVID-19, the largest hit group. Social activism is about making positive change, and at least, and do no harm, so don't bring back a silent killer into the homes of the very people you seek to be allies to. Although one is outdoors, close proximity over extended periods of time and shouting add to the risks. Stand up for your beliefs, just do it safely.

Posted by Mountain View Resident
a resident of North Whisman
on Jun 3, 2020 at 4:49 pm

With the news that there is a new increase in the cases of the virus among people who are fifty and younger in the county I think about the employees that I see at the Dollar Tree on Middlefield Road in Mountain View who only have rather small and thin plastic screens in front of themselves at the cash register. As the disease circulates throughout the air and is most harmful indoors it seems that it would be safer for the register area to be more thoroughly covered as the area is for the postal clerks in the post office on Hope Street.

Posted by carmen
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 3, 2020 at 6:15 pm

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Posted by Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jun 9, 2020 at 5:50 am

> deaths, practically zero now.

Are you smoking sumpin'? Do you not understand how fast this blows up, once folks let it?

Santa Clara 145 - 2,973 - 7 - +4%

1,961,187 cases
17,250 on June 8

111,007 deaths
482 on June 8

Let's see what it looks like in two weeks with all these folks going out this week, church, offices, etc..

Posted by The Business Man
a resident of Castro City
on Jun 12, 2020 at 10:37 pm

Yes there is a serious problem with all the statistics.

The testing have proven problems.

The sampling is not random.

It isn't close to statistically significant and performed in population sampling standards.

So we are still flying in the clouds with no instruments.

And worse, the medical community is making no real progress yet. You hear from companies making "advertisements" regarding their research, BUT NO MEDICALLY SIGNIFICANT RESULTS YET.

This is the Polio case revisited, it took many years to finally have control of it. And worse, they really didn't come up with medicines to treat the disease, only the vaccine.

What a possible nightmare?

Posted by MV Resident
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jun 25, 2020 at 4:47 pm

The chance of someone living in Santa Clara County dying from coronavirus is .00788%. And the chance of that death being someone from Mountain View Is considerably lower, as the bulk of the cases seem to be coming out of San Jose. Why can’t we open up businesses and activities based on cities, rather than lumping everyone in a together, when the rate of transmission is so much greater in one area than another?

Posted by Gary
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jun 29, 2020 at 10:57 am

So far, over 5% of confirmed cases result in death. Other.victims are permanently weakened. Whether there are many more "cases" is an open question. Antibodies appear in response to a viral load too low to seriously infect most recipients. Such an limited exposure and initial response also appears to be insufficient to establish lasting immunity. Opening schools or bars or rallies -especially without masks - would create places where the viral load could climb. What our first poster may need is a job he or she can do from home.

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