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https://www.9news.com/article/news/...virus/73-a50e88b9-f9ec-4e17-9a5f-567cee9500b5

COLORADO, USA — As of Thursday morning, more than 587,000 Coloradans have enabled a new phone app aimed at alerting them when they may have been exposed to COVID-19.

The app went live in our state on Sunday and so far 587,615 users have opted in on their smartphones which is about 10% of the Colorado population.

Does the app track your location? Do you know where more people are opting in?

Tuneberg: Exposure notifications does not do any tracking. It’s part of the privacy protection that we have within this app is that the technology never knows where you are and it never tracks your location. So no, we don’t know across the state where people are opting in or not.

What is considered an exposure?

Tuneberg: In Colorado, the parameters for exposure are those that are defined by the CDC. Your phone must be within 6 feet or less of another phone that has the service enabled for 15 minutes or more.

How exactly does is it work?

Tuneberg: The way that the technology works is that these tokens, those random strings of letters and numbers, are exchanged between the phones and they are generated on a regular cadence and sent out no matter what.

RELATED: Free app will let you know if you've been exposed to coronavirus

If someone tests positive, are notifications automatically sent to everyone exposed?

Tuneberg: It’s not automated. So you would have to, as a person who tested positive, you again get an opportunity to opt-in or consent to the service, and you as that individual are the person who says ‘yes’ essentially to notifying the people's phones you’ve crossed paths with.

What does the exposure notification look like?

Tuneberg: The notification comes across and it says on this date, you might have been exposed to COVID. And then it links the individual to more information on CDPHE’s website on where to get tested, how to safely quarantine and how to get more information.

What do the early numbers tell you about the success of the app?

Tuneberg: We are seeing that Coloradans are adding their phone to the fight against COVID and we want everybody to do that. This is an exceptional win for the state in a time we are seeing cases rising, percent positivity increasing. Today is a very grim milestone in Colorado where we passed more than 100,000 positive COVID cases, and seeing that more than half a million Coloradans added their phone to the fight against COVID is a win and something we really want to celebrate in a time where news is pretty grim.
 
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https://twitter.com/CBSEveningNews/status/1322181468186202113
In March & April, everyone was trying to thread this needle in real time with new information forthcoming almost hourly.

In 6 months later, there is simply no excuse for lack of field hospitals throughout the country. El Paso may have one or a couple, I don't know, but for leaders not to have understood the potential need for extra capacity this fall is utter failure.

The lockdowns from the spring crippled hospitals, while we 'trying to protect them.' For localities & regions to not have an excess capacity plan by now, or a plan, for instance, for the VA home in Claremore situation, is simply unforgivable.
 

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In March & April, everyone was trying to thread this needle in real time with new information forthcoming almost hourly.

In 6 months later, there is simply no excuse for lack of field hospitals throughout the country. El Paso may have one or a couple, I don't know, but for leaders not to have understood the potential need for extra capacity this fall is utter failure.

The lockdowns from the spring crippled hospitals, while we 'trying to protect them.' For localities & regions to not have an excess capacity plan by now, or a plan, for instance, for the VA home in Claremore situation, is simply unforgivable.
I'm simply stunned the Fed Govt hasn't made the move to authorize medical schools to forgo some restrictions on Final year med students, nursing students, etc to get them into the medical work force quicker to bolster medical field personnel and also ease the restrictions of Dr's in Residency or training hospitals who are ready to get out on their own in order to put more doctors out there treating.

Field hospitals should be going up in major cities and being made ready in case they are needed, and late year med students and nursing students should be on an emergency training program issued by the Govt and CDC and preparing them to work in these field hospitals on emergency request
 

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https://twitter.com/NPR/status/1322157399097180160
From the article:

HHS tells NPR that more than 800 state-level employees have access to the daily hospitalization data it gathers, but only for their own state, unless another state grants them permission to view its data.

Would be interesting know the reason behind this...is there a law that prevents the sharing?
 

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From the article:

HHS tells NPR that more than 800 state-level employees have access to the daily hospitalization data it gathers, but only for their own state, unless another state grants them permission to view its data.

Would be interesting know the reason behind this...is there a law that prevents the sharing?
it makes 0 sense in my mind that the CDC hasn't set up an information gathering Hub on this data, assigned a director to it, had that director normalize all reporting functions across all states, and then set up an information sharing Hub for states and medical professionals for this data.

It is just poor leadership from the local hospital level all the way to the CDC
 
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I'm simply stunned the Fed Govt hasn't made the move to authorize medical schools to forgo some restrictions on Final year med students, nursing students, etc to get them into the medical work force quicker to bolster medical field personnel and also ease the restrictions of Dr's in Residency or training hospitals who are ready to get out on their own in order to put more doctors out there treating.

Field hospitals should be going up in major cities and being made ready in case they are needed, and late year med students and nursing students should be on an emergency training program issued by the Govt and CDC and preparing them to work in these field hospitals on emergency request

You do realize that medical personnel, across the spectrum, had their hours reduced, forced to take PTO, & even lost jobs because of the first shutdown, right? We lost over $16 million in 3 months & had to eliminate positions & close entire facilities because of the loss. Several of our RN's went to NY to supplement staffing there when things were terrible, so shifting of staffing to areas of need has been occurring already for months. Our hospital was a ghost town for months because, thankfully, we weren't overwhelmed with cases.

It's different everywhere, & that's yet another reason why going back to one size fits all lockdowns are simply an ignorant solution now vs. March. Going back to killing 'elective' procedures & the like right now, when people have met their deductibles & are rushing to get things done before the end of the year both harms the patients & the facilities that serve them. I'm hoping like hell the AMA & other lobbies get this point through on all levels throughout the country, especially the non-large metro areas because they were already hit extremely hard financially & many already existed on thin margins.

Lastly, follow the data & actually use it. If facilities are found to be a source of outbreak, deal with it then. If they're not, & I've not heard of one big spreading event traced to a hospital or surgery center, let them operate. Truth is, hospitals are some of the safer places you could be right now. Limited or no visitors, screening of every person entering the facility, mandatory COVID tests for any cases requiring anesthesia, are pretty standard right now.
 

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You do realize that medical personnel, across the spectrum, had their hours reduced, forced to take PTO, & even lost jobs because of the first shutdown, right? We lost over $16 million in 3 months & had to eliminate positions & close entire facilities because of the loss. Several of our RN's went to NY to supplement staffing there when things were terrible, so shifting of staffing to areas of need has been occurring already for months. Our hospital was a ghost town for months because, thankfully, we weren't overwhelmed with cases.

It's different everywhere, & that's yet another reason why going back to one size fits all lockdowns are simply an ignorant solution now vs. March. Going back to killing 'elective' procedures & the like right now, when people have met their deductibles & are rushing to get things done before the end of the year both harms the patients & the facilities that serve them. I'm hoping like hell the AMA & other lobbies get this point through on all levels throughout the country, especially the non-large metro areas because they were already hit extremely hard financially & many already existed on thin margins.

Lastly, follow the data & actually use it. If facilities are found to be a source of outbreak, deal with it then. If they're not, & I've not heard of one big spreading event traced to a hospital or surgery center, let them operate. Truth is, hospitals are some of the safer places you could be right now. Limited or no visitors, screening of every person entering the facility, mandatory COVID tests for any cases requiring anesthesia, are pretty standard right now.
I don't understand why you are talking lockdowns. Lockdowns was the furthest thing from my mind
 
Jul 25, 2018
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I don't understand why you are talking lockdowns. Lockdowns was the furthest thing from my mind
Not necessarily directed at you, directed at what's being discussed in several parts of the country & world right now. The drumbeat of 'protect our hospitals' is being parroted again, & rightfully so, & it sounds great, right?

Most people, though, are unaware of the unintended terrible consequences that that approach brought earlier this year. Most people don't realize how bad the impact was, or how bad it would decimate hospitals if done again.
 

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Damn, This kid is by far the best QB in NCAA football. It would suck if Clemson loses a game or two while he is out and don't make the Playoff.

I use to very much dislike watching him play and thought he was all Hype. But week in and week out he just keeps producing and at some point I had to agree he was damn good QB

Somehow I think the committee would take that into account.
 
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Not necessarily directed at you, directed at what's being discussed in several parts of the country & world right now. The drumbeat of 'protect our hospitals' is being parroted again, & rightfully so, & it sounds great, right?

Most people, though, are unaware of the unintended terrible consequences that that approach brought earlier this year. Most people don't realize how bad the impact was, or how bad it would decimate hospitals if done again.
The law of unintended consequences is a cruel mistress..
 
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Damn, This kid is by far the best QB in NCAA football. It would suck if Clemson loses a game or two while he is out and don't make the Playoff.

I use to very much dislike watching him play and thought he was all Hype. But week in and week out he just keeps producing and at some point I had to agree he was damn good QB

https://twitter.com/SportsCenter/status/1321978308234481664?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1321979646938894337%7Ctwgr%5Eshare_3&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Foutsider.com%2Fnews%2Fsports%2Fclemson-qb-trevor-lawrence-tests-positive-for-covid-19%2F
I noticed that he was not wearing a mask on his sideline standing close to another player. Somehow people feel masks are not needed among those they know. My recommendation to my family is to always assume every person you meet may have the virus...and act accordingly.
 
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I noticed that he was not wearing a mask on his sideline standing close to another player. Somehow people feel masks are not needed among those they know. My recommendation to my family is to always assume every person you meet may have the virus...and act accordingly.
I've been surprised throughout the season on this.

The NFL makes a big deal & fines coaches on the mask issue after the first week or two of games, but players are standing around everywhere without masks. I don't get that at all. If the coaches and players are negative, why masks for one group & not the other?
 
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Today the Oklahoma State Health Dept. our Covid-19 death rate of all who have tested positive is: 1.09%.
Again to me this is very low in comparison to other causes of death. Certainly we all need to take well
know steps to prevent Covid-19 deaths but not forget the other more common causes of often preventable causes of death.
 
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28 people getting it again in 90 Days of first case ??

https://twitter.com/maggiekb1/status/1321532388225155073
This is definitely concerning regarding reinfection.

It's also, what, the 5th or 6th time this has been said going back months? You've posted about it before, & thankfully we haven't heard much more afterward in terms of reinfection.

It would seem like ruling out false positives would be key here.
 

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Today the Oklahoma State Health Dept. our Covid-19 death rate of all who have tested positive is: 1.09%.
Again to me this is very low in comparison to other causes of death. Certainly we all need to take well
know steps to prevent Covid-19 deaths but not forget the other more common causes of often preventable causes of death.
That would be good news if the numbers were going the right direction. What other common preventable death has doubled its deaths in 3 months? and increased its number of cases by 12K+ in 3 months