Private, Public COVID-19 Testing Accelerates in Santa Clara County

Santa Clara County’s public and private health facilities are now beating the state’s COVID-19 testing targets, according to new data posted online.

The county reported numbers Monday that suggest its expansion of testing sites plus the response of private providers to an “on-demand” testing order is having an impact on testing totals. County data show that testing increased significantly in the month following the June 10 county order.

In the last 30 days, the county reported more than 8,000 tests on five different days. In previous 30 days, testing totals passed 6,000 only once.

Nearly 25,000 COVID-19 tests were given in the preceding seven days to county residents, an average of 3,542 per day, or approximately 177 per 100,000 citizens.

California has set an initial goal of at least 150 daily tests per 100,000 people. Bay Area County Health Officers set a goal of 200 daily tests per 100,000, and county officials are saying they need more than twice that.

Santa Clara County public health officials on June 10 said private health systems needed to “step up” to boost the effort to expand COVID-19 testing, enabling the contact tracing considered vital to curbing the spread of the virus. The county required the private healthcare system to begin providing on-demand virus testing.

Private healthcare systems serve 80 percent of the public, according to county estimates. For the most recent seven-day period with complete test results, only the largest regional private healthcare system, Kaiser, serving 600,000 people, exceeded state targets. Kaiser conducted 6,522 tests, or 155 a day per 100,000 people, in that period.

Santa Clara County, which serves approximately 300,000, conducted 10,994 tests in the same seven-day period, many of them at the county’s new free “pop-up” sites.

Based on the July 20 weekly update of the testing numbers in Santa Clara County, Stanford Health reported 2,456 tests last week on the county’s COVID-19 dashboard and Palo Alto Medical Foundation/Sutter Health reported giving 1,998 virus tests.

The county said that while its health system serves about 15 percent of the local population, it still is conducting more than half of all COVID-19 tests. A month ago, county health officials said 90 percent of the tests were being conducted by the county.

Since January, 308,895 COVID-19 have been given to county residents, with 8,654 positive results, most in the past two months.

The county also announced it has released the complete data tables underlying its published dashboards tracking COVID-19 testing, cases, deaths, and hospital utilization. Accessible online via the County’s Open Data Portal, these data tables contain full information from those dashboards, from the first cases in our area through the present.

“The downloadable format enables further analysis by researchers, journalists, community organizations, or interested members of the public,” the county said in a statement about the data platform.

The county said the data tables will be regularly updated to add the most recent information from the dashboards. “The county closely tracks the spread of disease and healthcare-system response in our area, and will continue to make more data available as response activities evolve,” officials said.

This week’s free “pop-up” sites are listed below.

San Jose
County of Santa Clara Service Center Auditorium
1555 Berger Drive
10am to 3 pm, Tuesday to Thursday

San Jose High School Cafeteria
275 N. 24th St.
1 to 6pm, Tuesday to Friday
9am to 2pm, Saturday

Gilroy
South County Annex (formerly Antonio Del Buono Elementary)
9300 Wren Ave.
10am to 3pm, Tuesday to Friday

4 Comments

  1. > Private, Public COVID-19 Testing Accelerates in Santa Clara County

    Data without context. Some people doing some tests.

    What are they testing? Why are they testing? Are the tests any good. Does anyone believe the tests? Do the tests make any difference to anything?

    > enabling the contact tracing considered vital to curbing the spread of the virus.

    Contact tracing is only useful at the beginning of an epidemic where the number of infected people is very small. We’re WAY, WAY beyond the stage where contract tracing is offers any meaningful information. What’s the point of contact tracing for “all the fishes in the sea”? Just useless wheel spinning.

    And the accuracy of test results and test procedures have been questioned. One hundred percent of people tested giving positive results? People registering for testing but NOT being tested reported as “positive”? People getting multiple tests getting one YES and two NO’s?

    WTF?

    Testing has now been established as a false goal.

    The only value of testing is that it is an indicator of how close we are to the “herd immunity threshold” where coronavirus is not longer able to spread. Random testing of a sample of people using ACCURATE and RELIABLE testing is what is needed. NOT testing “all the fish in the sea”.

  2. “ Random testing of a sample of people using ACCURATE and RELIABLE testing is what is needed.“. I’m going to correct your statement just a bit. It should read “Random testing of a sample of people using ACCURATE and RELIABLE testing and reporting the data ACCURATELY is what is needed.”

    I have tracked this virus since day 1 and it hasn’t been through SCC. The numbers that can’t be trusted are the number of deaths due to virus. Example: a young 21-year old just recently died in FL due to being in a motorcycle accident. Although he was tested positive for the virus, he died in a motorcycle accident, but his death certificate said COVID-19.

    Colorado was getting hammered by people who questioned their COVID-19 deaths. After Colorado went back and reviewed each of the COVID-19 deaths, they had to adjust their number of deaths DOWN.

    I just read an article today. I think it was Connecticut that also had to review their number of COVID-19 deaths and had to adjust their number DOWN by 90 cases.

  3. > I just read an article today. I think it was Connecticut that also had to review their number of COVID-19 deaths and had to adjust their number DOWN by 90 cases.

    Speaking of which . . .

    > Connecticut State Lab Finds 90 False Positives Out Of 144 Coronavirus Tests Administered In Mid-June

    https://www.zerohedge.com/technology/connecticut-state-lab-finds-90-false-positives-out-144-coronavirus-tests-administered

    If the Connecticut State Lab had just been flipping a coin to see if you had coronavirus, they would only have been wrong 72 out of 144 times.

    They had to try EXTRA hard to be wrong 90 out of 144 times.

    We’re crashing the California economy and ruining people’s lives based on crap like this?

    Lock ’em up! For their own safety.

    Otherwise, the lynch mobs are going to get them.