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Monterey County COVID Collaborative Helps Residents Find Testing Sites
- Monterey County Herald
In the first nine days of January, the VIDA (Virus Integrated Distribution of Aid) project in Monterey County tested 2,688 people for COVID-19. That is 33% more than they tested in the entire month of December, according to Kim Stemler, spokeswoman for the Monterey County COVID Collaborative.
Of those 2,688 tested, 624 were positive for COVID-19, or 23%. Stemler said that this prevalence makes testing and the sharing of testing sites even more important.
The Monterey County COVID Collaborative team has been compiling information for where people can go to get free (no insurance billing) or no-cost (will bill insurance, but no cost to the patient) clinics available from week-to-week. In addition to English and Spanish, one of the partner organizations, Centro Binacional para el Desarrollo Indígena Oaxaqueño (CBDIO), is providing information in Triqui, Zapoteco, and Mixteco, indigenous languages from the states of Oaxaca and Guerrero in Mexico.
The COVID-19 Collaborative is a countywide multi-sector collaboration of existing and needed efforts fighting the impacts of COVID-19 in Monterey County. Its goal is to advance a coordinated action plan driven by science and best practices in public health and equity. Led by the Community Foundation, it brings together more than 75 participants from the county, multiple cities, agriculture, hospitality, education, healthcare, community-based organizations and philanthropy to lower the spread of COVID-19.
The VIDA collaborative program started a year ago and is now reaching about 7,000 people each month through phone calls, information distribution and personal outreach with the help of a cadre of community health workers trained and equipped to deliver information about the importance of COVID-19 testing and vaccinations and assist community members with access to resources.
The COVID-19 Collaborative is a project of the Community Foundation for Monterey County. The Collaborative and VIDA Programs are made possible by the Monterey County and the Community Foundation for Monterey County with support from Together Toward Health, a program of the Public Health Institute, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
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Originally published by Monterey County Herald