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.”
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.