Excerpts of Today’s Media Update
We’re highlighting portions of the media update that seem relevant, but we encourage you to watch the full update. If you find a part that seems like it should be called out here, let us know.
More detailed excerpts will be added once time allows.
- Raising the goal for testing in July. Was at 180,000. Now at 200,000. Depends on demand and testing capacity.
- Current contact tracing comprised of 80 ADH personnel, 270 “partners.”
- General Dynamics is the contact tracing contractor, bringing on 350 contact tracers. They will start this week.
- Hospitalizations is a lagging indicator.
- Dr. Smith is particularly concerned about central Arkansas.
- Chief of Staff Stephanie Williams from ADH spoke about contact tracing.
- Helpful when people answer on the first ring.
- Contact Tracing phone number is 877-272-6819 (877-ARCOV19)
- Typically won’t call after 8:00 p.m.
- They will provide you verifiable information.
- They won’t ask for money.
- Interested in helping with contact tracing? Visit https://www.gdit.com/ARContactTracerJobs/
- Turnaround for contact tracing to reach out to patients … Commercial labs might have gap of 2-7 days. Williams says should be no more than two days for ADH. If it’s a health care worker, they prioritize those as they come in.
- Governor focuses on the good behavior over the weekend, rather than the examples of bad behavior spread on social media. It’s about individuals taking responsibility.
- When asked about 2-7 day contact tracing window of commercial labs, governor said he spoke with White House Coronavirus Task Force regarding capacity for commercial labs, as to them keeping up with the demand.
- ADH labs has a new high-throughput instrument that will give us surge capacity and a second open in case the other large device goes down.
- Dr. Smith talks about supply chain for commercial and hospital labs. It’s a supply and demand issue.
- Governor mentions defense production act again.
- Governor acknowledges increased contact tracing need is tied to increased testing.
- Brewski’s in Little Rock got its license pulled for COVID-related violations. Governor notes that the first mention of that comes from a media inquiry. We expect compliance with our public health guidelines. If a location is not willing to enforce it, they cannot stay in operation. ADH issued a cease and desist order.
- Dr. Smith comments on central Arkansas increase. No particular populations/industries contributing to increase. Will take collective action to turn it around.
- General Dynamics contract lasts for one year.
- What’s the mechanism to make sure self-quarantine happens after contact tracers reach out? Contact tracers encourage contacts to enroll in platform called Sara Alert, which will contact them daily to find out if they develop symptoms. If ADH receives reports that the contact is not quarantining, they will issue an order of quarantine, which gives a legal enforcement to that.
- Governor would not use the word cluster with regard to churches.
- No expanding clusters related to churches right now.
- Previous clusters from churches have been resolved.
- 75% of cases have each been linked to a particular positive case.
- Central Arkansas cases cannot be pinned down to a single event/location.
- Miller County jail has been tested (inmates and staff). About 90 out of 300 have tested positive.
- How behind are we on contact tracing? It’s apparently difficult to answer. We are not behind on reaching the patient. It sounds like we’re behind on contacting the related contacts.
- About how long does it take to reach “case closed” for a positive case?
- The initial conversation takes 45 minutes to an hour.
- Case investigation averages about 2-3 related contacts.
- Encounters with the related contacts take about 30 minutes.
- It was not addressed how long it took from receiving the patient information to the end of the last encounter with related contacts.