As of April 22, there were 1280 positive cases and 45 deaths in Alameda County, reflecting 2.7 deaths per 100k compared to 3.7 deaths per 100k across California.
Our testing positivity rate is 9% which is similar to other Bay Area counties. In the past month approximately 2,200 tests were conducted per week. Our goal is to have 2,500 tests per day and expand testing to all symptomatic individuals.
The Public Health Department has formed a COVID-19 Testing Task Force to evaluate testing needs and disparities, further develop our county-wide testing strategy and implement coordinated testing and linkage protocols. The COVID-19 testing sites list posted this week.
In alignment with recently issued state guidance, current testing priorities include:
· Staff and residents from long term care facilities,
· Health care personnel, first responders and essential infrastructure workers,
· People living in congregate settings,
· People experiencing homelessness,
· High-risk contacts of cases, and
· People who are hospitalized.
Contact tracing, alongside testing and isolation and quarantine strategies, is critical for managing this pandemic in the long-term. This specific and important tool for infectious disease control is an integral part of our duties and work as a public health department.
· Over the past several weeks we’ve scaled up our contact tracing team and anticipate training more people to meet increased need as shelter in place orders are modified.
· We could need upwards of 300 people at peak COVID-19 caseload and are coordinating technology and training with regional partners.