SAN MATEO COUNTY, CA – San Mateo County Health Officer, Scott Morrow this week stated that the state made a “misdiagnosis” when adding the seed to the COVID-19 monitoring list because its monitoring framework was flawed. .
“Our numbers suggest we are in a relatively steady state with regards to the spread of the virus. For those who want to push the spread to zero, this is simply not possible,” said Morrow. said Thursday.
“In the past few weeks, our hospitalizations have stabilized and / or decreased. Recently, our deaths are low,” he said.
San Mateo County was added to the state’s COVID-19 watch list on July 29 because it has a case rate above the state threshold of 100 per 100,000 people. As of Friday, August 7, that number is 114.8 according to the California Department of Public Health’s county data chart.
However, the state froze the county’s watchlist on July 31 to ensure that hospital data were accurate. Then the state health department announced on Tuesday that there are technical problems and delays with the state reporting system, resulting in incomplete reporting of cases.
Even with this malfunctioning data, Morrow said Thursday that he maintains his stance and describes the framework as “arbitrary” and “constantly changing”, citing quality problems and The consistency of the data and the changing numbers do not reflect reality. He said the framework doesn’t take into account what’s going on locally and that the San Mateo County’s risk reduction strategies appear to be working.
Because of this, he said, “I feel the state has made a false ‘diagnosis’ and is therefore prescribing the wrong ‘treatments’ for San Mateo County.”
As of August 2, after three consecutive days on the watchlist, additional businesses in San Mateo County such as barbershops, barbershops and fitness centers have been closed unless they have been may provide outdoor or curbside service.
“I want to apologize to all the businesses that closed this week,” Morrow said. “I do not support these actions and as for San Mateo County, I believe they are misdirected and will do more harm than good.”
He said barbers, nail salons and other businesses ordered to close were not the main cause of the spread.
In a statement on July 20, Morrow noted that “seemingly harmless encounters” are causing the disease to spread due to numerous infections involving small gatherings of family and friends.
“Our collective best action: Don’t gather outside of households right away, use a wide face veil, and shun society,” Morrow said.
As of Friday, San Mateo County remains on the state watchlist.
California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly released Friday’s update on the COVID-19 data reporting issue. He said the state will work over the next 48 hours to resolve a backlog of up to 300,000 applications.
The CalREDIE (California Reportable Disease Information Exchange) system processes records for all diseases, including COVID-19 test results. The state would have to separate the COVID-19 records, remove duplicates, distinguish between negative and positive test results, and then calculate the positive rate from there.
Despite the backlog, Ghaly says there are no changes to their response policy based on incomplete data, and the trends discussed earlier this week remain the same.
On Monday, Governor Gavin Newsom said the number of positive cases had decreased slightly.
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