Legislation offers solution to safely store COVID-19 testing data, critical information – It began with the Department of Motor Vehicles lengthy wait times for processing the Real ID, followed by the Employment Development Department’s inability to provide timely unemployment checks to millions of Californians. Additionally, Gov. Gavin Newsom inherited a flawed data tracking system, CalREDIE, which has disrupted the accuracy of tens of thousands of COVID-19 test results. The governor has leaned into these mishaps swiftly and pragmatically, developing strike teams and appointing experts to lead California’s technology systems into the 21st century.
A bill now sits on the governor’s desk that would provide a solution and innovative tool as California grapples with how to store and convey critical information, particularly COVID-19 testing data. We know that one of the biggest obstacles to developing a robust test result tracking system is consumer privacy. CalMatters 9/24/20
California Expands Privacy Protection to Public Health Workers Amid Threats – SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — California will allow public health officials to participate in a program to keep their home addresses confidential, a protection previously reserved for victims of violence, abuse and stalking and reproductive health care workers.
The executive order signed by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom late Wednesday is a response to threats made to health officers across California during the coronavirus pandemic. More than a dozen public health leaders have left their jobs amid such harassment over their role in mask rules and stay-at-home orders. Route 50 9/24/20