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Hayward and Fremont: Setting the standard for widespread testing

Original post made on May 8, 2020

Leaders in two East Bay cities have learned much about testing for the coronavirus through their drive-thru sites and have been adapting their strategies to match the needs they've seen.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, May 8, 2020, 6:40 AM

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Posted by A Good Idea
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on May 8, 2020 at 8:20 am

The high Asian (i.e. East Indian & Mandarin) population density of Hayward & Fremont has warranted this noteworthy practice as many of its inhabitants have travelled to & from the United States prior to the state 'stay at home' mandates and non-essential store closings.

Palo Alto, Mountain View, Sunnyvale & Cupertino (among other cities) should also adopt such public health measures.

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Posted by Neighbor
a resident of Professorville
on May 8, 2020 at 8:40 am

Who knew! The City of Hayward has the best pandemic testing response in the whole Bay Area. Way to go Hayward. Please continue to lead the way and set a world class example for other cities to follow. Santa Clara County, Palo Alto, other cities get off your hands.

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Posted by Observer
a resident of Community Center
on May 8, 2020 at 10:41 am

Kudos to Hayward and their city manager Kelly McAdoo and her fire Chief. Kelly was trained in Palo Alto before becoming Assistant City Manager and then City Manager of Hayward. Kelly is widely considered in the profession to be one of the most innovative city manager in California.

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Posted by Wet Blanket
a resident of another community
on May 8, 2020 at 5:41 pm

Hayward is one of the Bay Area’s poorest communities lead by a bunch of idealists who have no problem spending beyond its citizen’s means.

Despite raising virtually every conceivable tax at every opportunity, the City remains ill prepared to meet its future CalPERS obligations. When the effects of this recession ultimately rears its ugly head, the City will be staring into the face of bankruptcy.

Yet the City has spent $2,300,000 on another “drop in the bucket” endeavor thus far.

To what end?

While it makes sense to test the City’s first responders who make frequent hands-on contact, it makes no sense for Hayward taxpayers to offer the Bay Area free testing to anyone who doesn’t feel well.

If you don’t feel well, you self-isolate. That’s the edict. It doesn’t matter if it’s Covid-19, because there is no treatment. There is no cure. There is no vaccine. You shelter in place unless symptoms require a visit to the ER.

Everybody should behave as if they and everyone around them have it and are contagious. Wash hands frequently and maintain distance.

Forget this effectively useless drop in the bucket idea, and save the City’s money. We’re going to need it.

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Posted by Clax @2020
a resident of another community
on May 9, 2020 at 12:23 pm

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