Santa Clara County is formally warning the realm’s huge well being care suppliers to deal with extra native COVID-19 testing for sufferers or face steep fines.
Information exhibits the county is finishing up way more testing than massive well being care suppliers, partially explaining the large backup at county testing websites:
- Santa Clara County sees 15% of sufferers within the area, however within the final six months it dealt with greater than 20% of the testing.
- Kaiser sees 31% of sufferers in Santa Clara County, however supplied over 12% of testing.
- The Palo Alto Medical Basis, or Sutter Well being, sees greater than 16% of county sufferers, however supplied about 2% of all COVID testing.
Santa Clara County public well being officers on Friday supplied updates on COVID-19 testing priorities amid restricted testing availability.
There are related disparities in vaccinations with the county carrying the vast majority of the load.
“It’s not affordable for the county well being system to supply such a disproportionate share of testing and vaccinations,” Santa Clara County Counsel James Williams stated.
Now the county counsel is threatening to implement the well being order requiring suppliers to check and vaccinate their very own sufferers or face sweep fines.
“It is a well being order. We’ve got previously taken enforcement motion with respect to the testing order and we’re ready to do it once more,” Williams stated.
Each the Palo Alto Medical Basis (Sutter Well being) and Kaiser Permanente advised NBC Bay Space they’re making an attempt, however are affected by the identical staffing shortages and overwhelming demand the county is seeing.
To make it possible for is the case, Santa Clara County is now asking Kaiser and Sutter Well being sufferers having bother getting checks or vaccines by means of their suppliers to file a criticism at SCCCovidConcerns.org.