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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.”

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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: 101050

Reported Deaths: 3895
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles487612201
Riverside7139303
San Diego6882249
Orange5646136
San Bernardino4567176
Alameda304993
Santa Clara2688140
San Francisco240840
San Mateo196382
Kern194136
Tulare179679
Santa Barbara160412
Fresno153526
Contra Costa137537
Imperial135224
Sacramento131956
Ventura101732
San Joaquin77133
Kings6983
Stanislaus67028
Sonoma5244
Solano49920
Monterey4298
Marin42014
Merced2737
San Luis Obispo2631
Santa Cruz2052
Yolo20022
Placer1949
Napa1093
Humboldt982
Madera902
El Dorado800
San Benito762
Sutter422
Nevada411
Butte400
Del Norte400
Shasta374
Mono351
Yuba281
Mendocino230
Lake190
Inyo191
Mariposa161
Calaveras150
Glenn130
Amador100
Siskiyou61
Colusa50
Tuolumne40
Plumas40
Lassen40
Tehama41
Alpine20
Trinity10
Sierra10
Unassigned00
Chico
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