San Francisco is unveiling a program to streamline coronavirus contact tracing as part of its response to the pandemic.
The partnership with the city, public health department, University of California, San Francisco, and DIMAGI, a company working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is an effort to digitize workflow and monitoring.
“This collaboration serves as a powerful example of what we can achieve when we bring together the best minds across our public health system, with the City, academic medical centers and community partners,” said Dr. Sam Hawgood, chancellor of UCSF. “UCSF and our county health partners have worked together on every major health crisis our city has faced, reaching back to 1873, including caring for victims of the 1906 earthquake, cholera, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. We are here to serve patients during the Covid pandemic and will be here to help our city rebuild on the other side.”
Contacts will receive text messages or phone calls monitoring their health during a 14-day period. The program will also allow them to self-report and public health officials will be immediately alerted.