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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: 250514

Reported Deaths: 6315
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles1078063457
Riverside19450479
Orange15778360
San Diego15696387
San Bernardino13676269
Imperial6979105
Alameda6472140
Fresno562677
Kern510080
Santa Clara4849160
Tulare4627136
San Joaquin447455
San Francisco377650
Sacramento355969
San Mateo3441108
Contra Costa343279
Santa Barbara326129
Ventura324047
Marin271019
Kings258332
Stanislaus239144
Monterey179115
Solano147625
Merced127211
Sonoma126710
Placer78611
San Luis Obispo7012
Yolo58324
Madera5665
Santa Cruz4173
Napa3444
San Benito2572
Lassen2340
Butte2063
El Dorado2060
Sutter2063
Humboldt1444
Shasta1354
Nevada1231
Glenn1220
Yuba1031
Tehama881
Lake850
Mendocino850
Colusa700
Calaveras530
Del Norte511
Tuolumne430
Mono411
Inyo331
Siskiyou310
Mariposa271
Amador260
Plumas110
Alpine20
Trinity20
Sierra10
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Chico
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