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To ease pressure at hospital ERs, cities start testing for COVID-19

Original post made on Apr 4, 2020

Bay Area cities are taking up the mantle to test their first responders, health care workers and even members of the public for COVID-19 using technology from a Menlo Park company.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, April 3, 2020, 10:49 PM

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9 people like this
Posted by resident
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 4, 2020 at 11:37 am

Is any testing open to the public in northern Santa Clara County? We should not be encouraging people to drive across the bay at this time.


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Posted by Sue Dremann
a resident of another community
on Apr 4, 2020 at 12:12 pm

All testing sites in Santa Clara County thus far are by doctor referral. It should be noted that even at city sites you will NOT get the COVID-19 test if you don’t have a fever of at least 100 and other symptoms.

People are probably better off doing a virtual/telemedicine visit from their home computer to their doctor. Stanford, PAMF, Kaiser, etc. all offer them and you can sign up on their websites. The doctor would be able to assess if you need a COVID test and do a referral to a testing site.


36 people like this
Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 4, 2020 at 3:22 pm

It is disappointing to compare this to the testing that was/is being done in South Korea within the same time frame. Why can't California/US get testing ramped up? By March 14th, South Korea was testing 12,000 patients/day and had tested over 260,000 people.Web Link


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Posted by resident
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 4, 2020 at 6:05 pm

We're not going to get this disease under control until we have widespread testing to measure and control its spread. Health care in this country is shameful.


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Posted by Carlito waysmann
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 5, 2020 at 4:36 pm

Is like going to war with a slingshot. A thorough testing(infected, infected asymptomatic, acquired immunity)should be done on the whole population to really get the full picture of the situation.
Right now you can only be tested if you have a fever of 100 degrees or more, basically a reactive rather than proactive .
There has been a lot of data regarding this disease during the past 3 weeks, fresh information, some from American research institutions,some from retired American epidemiologists, some from researchers abroad, is available for anyone interested to access, as we have some time in our hands is up to us to look for them or believe what dr Fauci, Birxs and the Surgeon general tell you.

Interesting is the fact , that the WHO , CDC, are using outdated information from 1930.

That should tell you something.


1 person likes this
Posted by Liz Gardner
a resident of Mayfield
on Apr 6, 2020 at 3:00 pm

How are our County's homeless population getting access to testing? They are most vulnerable and most likely will not seek medical attention when showing signs of Covid-19 illness. Are they invited to roll up to any of these sights with tier bicycles, trailers, RV's to be part of this county wide Surveillance ? Please be transparent about who gets to be part of this particular testing.


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