Contra Costa Health Order Seeks Increased COVID-19 Testing

September 26, 2020 13:00 pm · 30 comments

Private health care providers operating within Contra Costa County must now provide timely COVID-19 tests to essential workers, those with symptoms and those exposed to the virus, according to a new health order released by Contra Costa Health Services.

The county has formally asked Kaiser Permanente, John Muir Health, Sutter Health and San Ramon Regional Medical Center to voluntarily adopt policies allowing anyone who asks to get a fast COVID-19 test, whether or not
they have symptoms.

The health order, which takes effect Oct. 8, reflects the growing need to test more people who live and work in Contra Costa County for COVID-19.

Last week, Contra Costa County Health Officer Dr. Chris Farnitano told the county Board of Supervisors that some health providers operating in Contra Costa have not been doing their share of COVID-19 tests. Farnitano and Supervisor John Gioia specifically cited Kaiser, which has the largest health plan enrollment in Contra Costa County.

Spokeswoman Kerri Leedy said Kaiser has been in compliance with state orders on testing in California, and is following the direction of the state Department of Public Health and the state Department of Managed Health Care on COVID-19 testing. Leedy, as well as John Muir Health spokesman Ben Drew, said those entities both acknowledge the need for more testing, and want to enable more testing.

About 2,300 people get tested every day in Contra Costa.

The county’s goal is to test about 4,500 people daily.

America September 26, 2020 at 1:16 PM

Political BS ! The health dept takes it’s orders from tyrant Newscum , otherwise he withholds cc county’s funding . I believe that is black mail! He wants to increase testing , because the total numbers they spew at us include people that have recovered and with increased testing there will be an increase in “positives” which he will use to keep the state locked down under his socialist rule. He has no intention of re opening CA . He has been saying and keeps saying to reimagine “ the new normal “ , Under my socialist / communistic rule ! Get him out , worst governor we have ever had !

Yoyohop September 26, 2020 at 1:20 PM

“Quick! Quick! We need to boost the Covid stats. Order more tests!” – California’s quisling leadership.

Ash September 26, 2020 at 1:22 PM

so when we test more won’t we find more thereby the counts will go up and we will go back on lockdown… huh?

Aunt Barbara September 26, 2020 at 3:57 PM

and expose more people to the virus while innocently getting tested.
Who are these morons that make these decisions for us?

Jstlies1 September 26, 2020 at 9:19 PM

Aunt Barbara, not sure how testing will expose more to the virus. Kaiser has drive thru testing, as do many places. The testers wear masks & shields while the tester sits in their own car. I just got my drive thru flu shot so even getting that exposed me to nothing. Fastest most efficient flu shot I’ve ever received at Martinez Kaiser.

Noj September 26, 2020 at 1:25 PM

You might ask yourself why more Covid tests are being ordered? Well, it’s because, in the beginning of this hoax, only deaths were being reported. And since the death rate slowed, and quarantine cases were reduced, the hoaxers switched from the death count to “cases.” To keep the hoax alive, more tests are needed to continue the fear mongering. and to keep he number of “cases” growing (hint: more tests = more “cases.”) Meanwhile, in Florida, Gov. DeSantis has ended the scam, and opened the entire state back up. Not only that, but he has withdrawn ALL mask mandates and prohibited local officials from issuing citations and/or jail trerms for mask violators. Vote Republican this year and get your head out of your @ss.

Captain Bebops September 26, 2020 at 2:37 PM

Like some medical experts have said I’m betting that the virus has died out through the summer. Positives now are from a few who test positive due to some residual effect. The virus is not a hoax but it may not be anymore deadly than previous corona viruses. It just came in handy for declaring a “pandemic” to distract the public while the powers at be trashed the economic system in an attempt to replace it. I suspect in many cases those that died would have died anyway without the virus. That happens every year.

Ash September 26, 2020 at 3:19 PM

plus they count each test even if it is the same person every time

Jstlies1 September 26, 2020 at 9:14 PM

Ash, multiple Covid tests for the same person are not counted as multiples. It’s explained on the CDC webpage as to why the number of tests do not equal the number of positives and the number of negatives. If the numbers show 10 positive and 70 negative but 100 total it’s because there were 20 multiple tests. You will either believe this fact or not.

Cat'sMeow September 26, 2020 at 1:56 PM

Of course.
Cases are going down.
Deaths are going down.
Can’t have that because it might make Trump’s response seem like its working.
Apparently, just falsifying records and statistics is too risky, so the only way to increase the numbers is to test more.

anon September 26, 2020 at 2:02 PM

Don’t the tests still actually test for the presence of a wide variety of coronavirus, including extremely common and harmless ones? It just throws up a general positive for any and all of them.

The Fearless Spectator September 26, 2020 at 2:10 PM

No red tier for us!

The virus is real, but so is this political game.

Doh September 26, 2020 at 3:19 PM

As long as we have a president who knows COVID-19 is deadly but won’t say so publicly and won’t tell everyone to wear a mask and still holds infection spreading rallies without masks we will have increased infections. Prepare to be under lock down for another year. It didn’t have to be this way but Trump wanted to “play it down.”.

Sam September 26, 2020 at 3:59 PM

Do you know what logic or reason is? Your post utilized none. Please use your brain before you post nonsensical Trump hating ramblings. Thank you, Your neighbor

Anne September 26, 2020 at 4:01 PM

If only we’d had any sort on national leadership back in December, January or February we would have been in a much better position to deal with this pandemic. But by his own admission, and with knowledge of the danger, the President downplayed it.
And here we are. And even if only half the current numbers who died from Coronovirus 19 alone, not counting any underlying condition, there are families and friends mourning their loss.
Wear the mask, wash your hands, keep your distance and if you don’t feel well, please stay home and away from the rest of us who choose not to expose ourselves as best we can.

Ash September 26, 2020 at 5:15 PM

he has Trump Derangement Syndrome, a well recognized disorder, symptoms include:

unwilling to recognize the outcome of the 2016 election
lack of rational behavior
unable to recognize the good things President Trump as done
blindly following Democrat party
unwilling to educate themselves about the real world and how it works
making childish attacks like calling people racist rather than making coherent arguments to prove their point
repeating what the talking heads in the media say without considering the truth of the facts

as Bob Hope said (played Larry Lawrence)

Geoff Montgomery : It’s worse than horrible because a zombie has no will of his own. You see them sometimes walking around blindly with dead eyes, following orders, not knowing what they do, not caring.

Larry Lawrence : You mean like Democrats?

Chicken Little September 26, 2020 at 5:31 PM

Democrats: Trump can’t tell us what to do!
Also Democrats: It’s all Trump’s fault for not telling us what to do.

When Trump wanted to send the National Guard to Portland to quell the riots, it was all about states’ rights and how the Federal Government had no right to interfere. When he leaves the Coronavirus response to the states, it’s all about how he didn’t do anything.

Seriously, If he had come out in the beginning and said, “OMG! We’re all gonna die!”, do you really think it would have made any difference? If you do, then you must be equally pissed at Nancy Pelosi for telling everybody to visit Chinatown because it was perfectly safe.

Pamela September 26, 2020 at 5:33 PM

Doh – stop being a Drama Queen. We all know these numbers are political hostage for the citizens!

Diane September 26, 2020 at 4:18 PM

More negative tests would lower our numbers. Why are you complaining about expanded testing? You do understand that many people have lasting medical issues due to having Covid 19, it’s not only about the death rate.

WC Resident September 26, 2020 at 6:08 PM

This thing from the county about trying to increase the number of tests is to get the percentage down so that the county can get to better colors on that color coded thing the state has.

Getting tested does not prevent you from catching COVID-19. Getting tested does not cure COVID-19 if you have it. The health systems, including Kaiser, recognize this and so only test if there is a medical need for it. If you are showing symptoms that indicate it’s likely you have COVID-19 then the doctor will order a test for COVID-19 among other things. The purpose of the test is to see if you are contagious and if so to start the 14 day quarantine clock. That is pretty much the only valid reason to test for COVID-19. Because doctors are only testing when medically necessary it makes for a high positivity rate.

The state’s goalposts are arbitrary. They will not lower the prevalence of COVID-19 much less make it go away. They do not make our communities safer. County administrators should be pushing back at the state to get them to come up with a better system, such as re-opening the statewide economy with safeguards such as masks and social distancing in place. Instead of pushing back then are asking the health systems to do unnecessary testing. Memos were sent to many county employees this past week asking them to get a COVID-19 test every 30 days. The goal is to make the positivity number go down. This testing is unnecessary other than to satisfy an arbitrary set of goalposts.

If an organization needs to do survey screening to determine the prevalence of COVID-19 in a population then those survey screens need to be designed and developed by statisticians and epidemiologists if you want statistically valid results. You absolutely don’t want self-selected tests by sending public announcements asking people to get tested.

S September 26, 2020 at 6:09 PM

I think it’s funny how they “…’DEMAND”(s) accelerated actions…” when they are a part of a bureaucracy that is slow as molasses on a cold winter day.

chuckie the troll September 26, 2020 at 6:16 PM

If testing does not yield enough positive cases, they will resort to finding more false-positives or more false-negatives. In any case I refuse to participate in this facade of virtue covering a slick dictator and his lackeys.

America September 27, 2020 at 7:39 AM

Sleepy Joe will shake his fist and make the covid disappear.

commoncents September 27, 2020 at 8:40 AM

LOL, all these “warriors” out here saying it’s “just like the flu” and “If I get it, I get it” will be the first one’s calling out to their maker as the ventilator is placed on. I suggest a test – go to Florida and sit in a restaurant or bar and take about 20 deep breaths.

Sam September 27, 2020 at 9:25 AM

Sorry Cuomo they don’t use vents for COVID. They treat with hydroxychlorquine just like Trump said. Hence the death rate fell threw the floor 2 months ago. I would go to Florida and lick all the bars. Time to vote in person and throw away the masks

Sam September 27, 2020 at 10:39 AM

You obviously don’t know anyone who got COVID-19. I know 3. All treated with hydroxy. All fully recovered in 3 days. The UV light is being used at Cedar Sinai all over the country. All vaccines have a disinfectant in them. Nobody EVER said word one about “bleach”. Your fake news lies to you. Trump was 100% correct about all treatment for COVID-19 from day one. Millions of people died due to partisan politics. Congratulations Democrats, You killed grandma and grandpa to try and get Trump out.

Bumed September 27, 2020 at 7:59 PM

I don’t understand this hatred for covid testing. If you don’t believe in them, don’t get one. I for one would like to know if I have it after being exposed. I would like it not to take 5 days to get tested and another 7 days to get results. This is not a hoax. People are dying. The virus does not care how you vote so quit making it political.

Bummed September 27, 2020 at 8:01 PM

I don’t understand this hatred for covid testing. If you don’t believe in them, don’t get one. I for one would like to know if I have it after being exposed. I would like it not to take 5 days to get tested and another 7 days to get results. This is not a hoax. People are dying. The virus does not care how you vote so quit making it political.

Diane September 28, 2020 at 5:14 PM


SGJ September 28, 2020 at 4:48 PM

Is this just so there are more positives to keep everything shut down? who is going to pay for all the homeless people and shut businesses? this is all a joke.

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