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California governor launches coronavirus contact tracing program

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Friday a new contact tracing program called California Connected.

Posted: May 22, 2020 1:27 PM

CALIFORNIA – Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Friday a new contact tracing program called California Connected.

Public Health officials from communities across the state will be contacting those who have tested positive for COVID-19, as well as people they’ve been in close contact with to make sure they have access to testing, Newsom said in a press conference Friday.

The program is led by the Administration in collaboration with the California Department of Public Health, local public health departments and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and Los Angeles (UCLA), which have launched a robust online training academy to develop a culturally competent and skilled contact tracing workforce.

“We are all eager to get back to work and play, and that’s why we’re asking Californians to answer the call when they see their local public health department reaching out by phone, email or text,” said Newsom. “That simple action of answering the call could save lives and help keep our families and communities healthy.”

RELATED: Butte Co. Public Health training more for contact tracing efforts

Newsom said the information provided to local public health departments is confidential and they will not share that with outside entities. Contact tracers will not ask individuals for financial information, social security numbers, or immigration status.

On average, California is conducting about 45,000 tests a day. An estimated 1.5 million tests have been conducted, according to the governor. 

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 559746

Reported Deaths: 10377
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2085634977
Riverside40452799
Orange39641726
San Bernardino35712546
San Diego32330593
Kern23583171
Fresno17290171
Alameda13213208
San Joaquin12303211
Santa Clara11687204
Sacramento10795161
Tulare10475196
Imperial9693244
Stanislaus9665162
Contra Costa9182139
Ventura814689
San Francisco754867
Santa Barbara670469
San Mateo6110120
Marin532779
Monterey529335
Merced501264
Kings445356
Solano402940
Sonoma355647
Madera230239
Placer218620
San Luis Obispo209315
Yolo172143
Santa Cruz12386
Butte10958
Napa104610
Sutter9427
El Dorado7291
San Benito7154
Lassen6380
Yuba6004
Mendocino43110
Shasta41810
Colusa3624
Glenn3603
Nevada3221
Humboldt2824
Tehama2761
Lake2202
Amador1642
Mono1541
Tuolumne1522
Calaveras1471
Del Norte990
Siskiyou930
Inyo893
Mariposa612
Plumas340
Modoc50
Trinity50
Sierra30
Alpine20
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