Contact Tracing

Major US Airlines To Support Voluntary International Contact Tracing Program

Kimberly Redmond | |

Major US airlines plan to initiate a voluntary international contact tracing program to help fight the spread of COVID-19.

On Friday, seven major passenger air carriers - Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines – said they will begin collecting contact tracing data from passengers traveling into the US and relay that information to the US. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

French President Emmanuel Macron Tests Positive for Coronavirus

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French President Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for coronavirus, his office said on Thursday, sparking a track and trace effort targeting EU leaders and senior officials who met him in recent days.

“The President of the Republic has been diagnosed positive for COVID-19 today,” Macron’s office said in a statement. “This diagnosis was made following a PCR test performed at the onset of the first symptoms.”

Macron will self-isolate for the next seven days and will continue to run the country remotely. His wife Brigitte was also self-isolating.

New Jersey Officials Reach More Than 200 People Who Were at Trump Fundraiser in Bedminster

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State health officials in New Jersey have contacted more than 200 people who attended a campaign fundraiser at the Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster on Thursday, hours before the president announced he had COVID-19, as they try to contain the spread of the deadly virus.

Somerset County officials were meanwhile contacting employees who worked the event, most of whom live in the county. In a joint statement issued Sunday, the officials asked guests ...

Google and Apple Launch Opt-In System for Health Authorities To Use Phones To Help in Contact Tracing

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Alphabet Inc’s Google and Apple Inc on Tuesday announced a new system that will enable public health authorities to use smartphones to assist in contact tracing without having to build an app.

The new system - called Exposure Notifications Express - will allow public health officials to submit a small configuration file to Apple and Google. The two tech companies will then use the file to set up systems that phone owners can opt in to in order to determine whether they have been near someone who has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Public Health Departments in Multiple States Trying To Measure COVID-19 Spread From Sturgis

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The hundreds of thousands of bikers who attended the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally may have departed western South Dakota, but public health departments in multiple states are trying to measure how much and how quickly the coronavirus spread in bars, tattoo shops and gatherings before people traveled home to nearly every state in the country.

From the city of Sturgis, which is conducting mass testing for its roughly 7,000 residen...

Coronavirus Cases Top 20 Million Globally, Doubling in Last Six Weeks

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It took six months for the world to reach 10 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus. It took just over six weeks for that number to double.

The worldwide count of known COVID-19 infections climbed past 20 million on Monday, with more than half of them from just three countries: the U.S., India and Brazil, according to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.

The average number of new cases per day in the ...

Uber Offers Health Departments Data To Help With COVID-19 Contact Tracing

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Uber disclosed that it has launched a new service that offers public health officials quick access to data on drivers and riders who are presumed to have come into contact with someone infected with the coronavirus.

A company official told Reuters that the service has been offered at no charge to government health agencies for months in every country in which Uber operates. These agencies can use the data to contact affected users and urge them to enter quarantine.

Contact Tracing Has Been Exponentially More Difficult Since States Reopened

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HOUSTON (AP) — Health departments around the U.S. that are using contact tracers to contain coronavirus outbreaks are scrambling to bolster their ranks amid a surge of cases and resistance to cooperation from those infected or exposed.With too few trained contact tracers to handle soaring caseloads, one hard-hit Arizona county is relying on National Guard members to pitch in. In Louisiana, people who have tested positive typically wait more than two days to respond to health officials — givi...

Governments Increasing Testing, Considering Renewed Lockdowns To Stem New Coronavirus Outbreaks

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NEW DELHI (AP) — Governments were stepping up testing and warily considering their next moves Monday as the number of newly confirmed coronavirus cases surges in many countries. India reported 20,000 new cases Monday, while the U.S. confirmed more than 40,000 new infections for the the third straight day. As infections rise along with summer temperatures in the northern hemisphere, many governments are stepping up testing and mulling more aggressive mov...

Singapore Planning To Distribute Wearable Coronavirus-Tracking Device to All 5.7 Million Residents

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SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore plans to give a wearable device that will identify people who had interacted with carriers of coronavirus to each of its 5.7 million residents, in what could become one of the most comprehensive contact-tracing efforts globally.Testing of the small devices, which can be worn on the end of a lanyard or carried in a handbag, follows limited take-up of an earlier smartphone-based system and has further fuelled privacy concerns abo...

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