PHI and its programs are working rapidly to respond to COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, on local, national and global levels. We are creating and share emerging science, best-practices and policy shifts, to support our communities, healthcare and public health systems as they respond to and manage the COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19Because of the speed with which new information, policies and recommendations related to COVID-19 are being updated, we are linking directly to many of our program source materials, and including time stamps so you know how recently information has been updated.

Upcoming COVID-19 Web Forums:

  • ADA National Network Learning Session: FEMA Perspective on Emergency Management, COVID-19 and People with Disabilities (8/13/2020): Tune in to PHI’s Pacific ADA Center’s webinar to hear presenter Linda Mastandrea, director of FEMA’s Office of Disability Integration and Coordination, provide an overview of FEMA’s roles and responsibilities in the midst of COVID-19, how FEMA continued to serve people with disabilities during that response, and how they continued to plan and prepare for the 2020 natural disaster season in the midst of the pandemic. RSVP here.

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Tracing Health

Clark County, Washington was faced with one of the Northwest area’s biggest COVID-19 outbreaks at the Firestone Pacific Foods frozen fruit packing facility, which had reported 79 employees testing positive for the virus.

PHI immediately went to work on the Clark County contact notification project. By Friday June 5—just one week after receiving the contract from the County—Tracing Health had cleared more than 100 employees at Firestone to return to work. Tracing Health achieved an 85% contact rate from the Firestone cluster—a success rate which allowed Clark Country to control the outbreak’s spread and gave its 500,000 residents the ability to move to Phase II reopening.

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Our Impact

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  • 10M pieces of personal protective equipment delivered in CA and WA
  • 90% of contact tracing hires were bilingual/bi-cultural & community-based
  • 85% of contacts notified, letting Clark County open to Phase 2

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Newsom Announces $63m PHI/KP Contact Tracing Initiative

On Aug 10, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced a new $63m partnership with Kaiser Permanente and the Public Health Institute to support the state’s COVID-19 response, by building California’s clinical contact tracing infrastructure and strengthening contact tracing statewide.

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