State of Community Health BULLETIN 2 – June 2, 2020

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COVID, Police Powers & the Surveillance State

  • “Images from these protests — including protesters dousing their faces with milk in order to temper the sting of the tear gas — underscore not only the intensity of the response, but a major contrast with the lack of force that’s been used in anti-lockdown protests at state capitols around the country, when the protesters were armed white men.” –

https://www.vox.com/2020/5/27/21271811/george-floyd-protests-minneapolis-lockdown-protests

Reopening California

  • Testing
    • “Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, along with Dodgers CEO Stan Kasten, announce that Dodger Stadium will now be home to California’s largest COVID-19 testing site, allowing 6,000 people to be tested daily.” –

https://www.latimes.com/sports/dwx6bp2ouwi-123

Contact Tracing

California

  • “Los Angeles County, which at more than 10 million people has a population slightly greater than the state of Michigan, has just 400 of the estimated 6,000 contact tracers it will need under California’s criteria for a broader reopening.” –

https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-05-16/local-health-agencies-struggle-to-ramp-up-virus-tracking-as-states-reopen

National

  • Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington says they have begun contact tracing arrestees. “Who are they associated with? What platforms are they advocating for? … Is this organized crime?… We are in the process right now of building that information network.”

https://twitter.com/NBCNews/status/1266752990951755783

Syndromic Surveillance

  • “Patient Data Exchange Barriers Impact COVID-19 Reporting” –

https://ehrintelligence.com/news/patient-data-exchange-barriers-impact-covid-19-reporting

Immunity Passports

  • Facial recognition has been added as a way of logging in to an NHS app that lets people order prescriptions, book appointments, and find healthcare data. Initially, it will allow faster access to the services on the app, which is separate from the contact-tracing one. But its developers say it could also be used for Covid-19 “immunity passports”.” – https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-52807414