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Santa Clara County cracks down on hospitals falling behind on COVID-19 testing

Original post made on Sep 16, 2020

Santa Clara County announced Wednesday a new public health order forcing local health care providers to provide quick and easy access to COVID-19 testing, following widespread complaints that residents have been wrongly denied tests.

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Posted by Concerned about PAMD
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 16, 2020 at 3:30 pm

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My dad recently had outpatient surgery at the SurgeCenter at PAMF, Palo Alto. I asked his nurse how often they test their STAFF. She said they don't.


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Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Sep 17, 2020 at 2:19 am

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PAMF didn't even start having staff wear until April 4th when they sent out a newsletter announcing that. I remember that date well because of the horrendous conditions my partner and I saw during our appointments in mid-March and tried in vain to report then.

Thank you, Joe Simitian. Wish we'd thought to contact you directly to report the abuses at PAMF in mid-March. That might have saved much of the frustrations discussed here in Town Square then.


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Posted by Acoustic instruments can speed up testing.
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 17, 2020 at 10:35 am

Acoustic instruments can speed up testing. is a registered user.

From the NY Times yesterday... NYC hospitals are testing 40,000-60,000 people per day using a test that uses the Echo (acoustic technology) to eliminate the laborious, time consuming task of pipetting.

This instrument was created locally in Silicon Valley. Does Stanford have one? If so, could it be used for this purpose?


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Posted by More accuracy
a resident of Portola Valley
on Sep 17, 2020 at 12:31 pm

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"About 40% of people with COVID-19 may not show any symptoms at all, she said, making it more important for tests to be easily accessible and widely available."

Does this statement infer daily or very frequent constant testing of asymptomatic people? Will testing of everyone in a school be performed every 3 days, or the average time for onset of symptoms, if any?


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Posted by TimR
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 17, 2020 at 1:47 pm

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I went to the "roving" Flugent site a few weeks ago, and they have 50 testing slots for every 15 minutes of appointment blocks. That comes to 200 tests an hour. And yet, when I was there for my appointment, I was the only one getting a test, and I saw one person leaving and one person entering behind me. There is PLENTY of testing capacity, and Dr. Cody must know that. She needs to stop beating around the bush and blaming the medical community for what is clearly a lack of desire from citizens to be tested. Instead of complaining all the time, she needs to do some PSA's and the like, and try to get people into the sites that already exist, and have plenty of staff sitting around doing nothing but waiting to test people.


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Posted by Concerned about PAMF
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 18, 2020 at 3:47 pm

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TimR - Our whole family are PAMF patients, have been for years. Why can't I go to PAMF to get a test? Now I believe you need to be exposed, showing symptoms or getting a procedure in the SurgeCenter to get tested. Why is PAMF not testing their staff?


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Posted by TimR
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 18, 2020 at 5:52 pm

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Concerned about PAMF, I don't know. But it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to have testing available all over the place, at hundreds of different sites. At least not right now with the nasal swab test (with the quicker tests it'll be different). It's just too inefficient and would waste a lot of resources right now. And what's wrong with going to one of the places that already do tests with no questions asked? Is it that difficult that you need exactly what you want, instead of what's being offered around the county?


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Posted by Concerned about PAMF
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 21, 2020 at 1:59 pm

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@TimR, I think its reasonable to expect my health care provider to provide the health care I need. In this case, I'm a PAMF patient, I would expect to provide me with any testing or health care that I need, unless it is something they are not equipped to do. As an example, since I was going to be caring for my dad after his surgery, I wanted to be tested the same day he was, PAMF refused.


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