North Providence superintendent says Department of Health failed to promptly notify schools of positive COVID test

NORTH PROVIDENCE — The state Department of Health says it did contact the schools superintendent Ssunday

Our protocols are to reach out to school leadership whenever a case is identified as part of our case investigation and contact tracing process. This happened over the weekend with North Providence. The student was instructed to isolate, we started the contact tracing process, and a member of our case investigation team called the superintendent on Sunday. A message was left for the superintendent on Sunday indicating that we were calling about a COVID-19 case in the district. The superintendent called back, but we did not connect until Monday morning.

North Providence isn’t the only school district to report notification delays of positive COVID-19 cases by the Department of Public Health.

Lincoln Supt. Larry Filippelli said the Department of Health called him Monday about a high school student who tested positive on Saturday.

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North Providence superintendent says Department of Health failed to promptly notify schools of positive COVID test – News – providencejournal.com

NORTH PROVIDENCE — Supt. Joseph Goho said the Department of Public Health failed to contact school officials on Sunday after the agency learned that a student tested positive for COVID-19 the same day.

In a letter to parents, Goho wrote, “The situation at the high school was exacerbated by the fact that RIDOH became aware of a positive student’s COVID-19 result early Sunday morning, and evidently RIDOH notified the student’s family at that time.


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“However, RIDOH did not notify the district or the high school administration on the day that the positive test was discovered … as is protocol, nor did RIDOH initiate contact tracing for the high school

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Why Trump’s testing strategy failed him

“They had this false belief that testing would suffice — and it was clearly just wrong,” said New York University bioethicist Arthur Caplan.

Just this Monday, Trump in a Rose Garden announcement touted his administration’s plans to distribute 100 million rapid coronavirus tests to states by the end of the year, claiming they would help schools and economies open “immediately and as fast as they can” as he took a swipe at state restrictions.

“Lockdowns can be very harmful, and we have too many states that are locked down right now,” Trump said at the time. “The governors are — nobody knows what the governors are doing, actually.”

Trump has often bragged about the scope of the country’s testing regime. More than 900,000 coronavirus tests are now administered nationwide each day, which is more than this summer but still short of where experts say the country needs to safely reopen.

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New Jersey Veterans Homes Likely Failed to Acknowledge Covid-19 as Cause in Dozens of Deaths, Officials Say

A state-run nursing home for veterans in New Jersey failed to attribute nearly 40% of its likely Covid-19 deaths to the virus, according to the state’s own Department of Health.

The Menlo Park Veterans Memorial Home, in Edison, N.J., attributed 62 deaths to the new coronavirus on the website of the state’s veterans’ affairs agency. But a Department of Health spokeswoman, Nancy Kearney, said late Wednesday that an additional 39 people probably died from the virus at the facility during a wave of infections there.

Another state-run veterans home, in Paramus, N.J., also likely had more Covid-19 deaths than the total it attributed to the virus, Ms. Kearney said. The likely undercount at the two facilities, among the deadliest in the state for the virus, was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.

The findings show how publicly reported nursing home mortality figures can fail to reflect the true toll

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Healthy US economy failed to narrow racial gaps in 2019

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2:15 pm PDT, Monday, September 28, 2020

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Chesco Health Dept. Explains Actions When Antibody Tests Failed

CHESTER COUNTY, PA — In May, Chester County offered coronavirus antibody tests to all essential workers, then other groups, but later found the test were inaccurate, with a suspiciously high number of positives.

Chester County issued a statement last week explaining what happened and why the county did not promptly issue a blanket communication that would have alerted those with positive antibody results of the likelihood of error.

The health department’s statement said that the health team spent two weeks in May trying to identify the cause of the inaccurate results, and after that time, all the people who’d had those false positives had seen doctors and were likely out of quarantine.

Those people were likely widely dispersed in the county. The county health department had announced at the end of May that testing for antibodies would soon be available. Drive-thru sites were set up at Longwood Gardens and at

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