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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: 796436

Reported Deaths: 15291
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2633336423
Riverside576951173
San Bernardino53121908
Orange525381176
San Diego45425767
Kern31647357
Fresno27944362
Sacramento21800393
Alameda20839395
Santa Clara20648300
San Joaquin20060434
Stanislaus16425342
Contra Costa16156202
Tulare15782257
Ventura12507146
Imperial11658317
San Francisco1090199
San Mateo9664144
Monterey964570
Santa Barbara8952111
Merced8803140
Kings754477
Sonoma7225120
Marin6620114
Solano623260
Madera442465
Placer352343
San Luis Obispo345327
Butte277640
Yolo277355
Santa Cruz22838
Sutter168610
Napa165213
San Benito131411
Yuba11337
El Dorado10784
Mendocino88718
Shasta75114
Lassen7360
Glenn5683
Tehama5294
Nevada5256
Colusa5226
Lake51611
Humboldt4906
Calaveras31414
Amador28716
Tuolumne2264
Inyo18714
Mono1652
Siskiyou1630
Del Norte1381
Mariposa752
Plumas500
Modoc250
Trinity150
Sierra60
Alpine20
Unassigned00
Chico
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Oroville
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