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Gov. Newsom’s ‘Trace Force’ COVID-19 Army

People need ‘to allow for their privacy to be impacted’

By Katy Grimes, May 22, 2020 8:33 am

California Governor Gavin Newsom’s COVID-19 tracing army of 20,000 is about to march the streets to break the spread of coronavirus by following the contacts of those with COVID-19. Newsom has said repeatedly that testing is a pre-requisite for re-opening the state.

In fact, the governor said at a recent Clinton Global Initiative video conference, the state needs to be able to “be able to trace their contacts; to isolate individuals that have either been exposed or quarantine people that are testing positive.’” This can only be accomplished if people “allow for their privacy to be impacted by that kind of acuity of attention based upon where they’ve been and who they talked to.”

Contact tracing is an epidemiological public health practice that works to track down people who have had contact with a person infected with a contagious disease (in this case, COVID-19), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Right now in the U.S., contact tracing is mostly being done by people—tracers are doing the interviews, reaching out by phone, and even going to homes in some cases to follow up, MSN reported.

In South Korea, which did not lockdown the country, contact tracing was used through cell phones. When a COVID-19 patient was identified, that person’s neighbors, co-workers and family were notified – not to be quarantined, but to be made aware, in case they also had symptoms.

CDC Director Robert Redfield said in April “very aggressive” contact tracing is needed of those who test positive for the coronavirus. However, the CDC and government officials are deliberately vague on how this “very aggressive” contact tracing will be accomplished in the U.S.

A woman who attended the recent Zoom training meeting of the CA State Senate Special Committee on Pandemic Emergency Response, contacted California Globe and said that “the information collected by the tracers will not be protected under HIPPA, and answers to other queries about privacy were nebulous.”

She is right. In early April, the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services announced that “it will exercise its enforcement discretion and will not impose penalties for violations of certain provisions of the HIPAA Privacy Rule against health care providers or their business associates for the good faith uses and disclosures of protected health information (PHI) by business associates for public health and health oversight activities during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency.”

This means HHS is suspending HIPAA privacy protections of individuals’ health information.

Has Martial Law been declared?

However, “the HIPAA Privacy Rule does not permit them to give media and film crews access to facilities where patients’ protected health information (PHI) will be accessible without the patients’ prior authorization. The guidance explains that even during the current COVID-19 public health emergency, covered health care providers are still required to obtain a valid HIPAA authorization from each patient whose PHI will be accessible to the media before the media is given access to that PHI.”

Media access was even a consideration?

At one point during the Senate Committee on Pandemic Emergency Response, Senator Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) asked if the the google app they are considering using would follow the person being traced. “Susan Finelli, with the Department of Public Health, said that, no, it wouldn’t—quote—AT LEAST NOT IN THIS INITIAL PHASE!” the woman who attended the video meeting reported.

Where did this idea come from?

During a recent Clinton Global Initiative University livestream, former President Bill Clinton spoke of the need to track people “who are positive” with COVID-19, and described the need for an “army” of young people, Zero Hedge reported.

“California Governor Gavin Newsom agreed, responding that ‘The predicate for getting back to some semblance of normalcy is our ability to identify individuals through testing; to be able to trace their contacts; to isolate individuals that have either been exposed or quarantine people that are testing positive.’”

This can only be accomplished if people “allow for their privacy to be impacted by that kind of acuity of attention based upon where they’ve been and who they talked to.”

After former President Clinton, NY Governor Cuomo, Chelsea Clinton and CA Governor Newsom called for an ‘army of contact tracers’ to monitor citizens who have tested positive for COVID-19 and their contacts, Washington DC posted job openings to become an investigator with “Trace Force.”

The California woman who attended the contact tracing meeting said the program is already well underway. “They mentioned in the meeting that they wanted to hire as many as 20-thousand ‘contact tracers’ in the state, but didn’t specify how long they would be employed and when, and if, there was a sunset on the initiative.”

While Gov. Newsom has acknowledged the state’s $54 billion deficit due to his statewide lockdown, the state is hiring 20,000 more employees to dig into your personal health information.

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11 thoughts on “Gov. Newsom’s ‘Trace Force’ COVID-19 Army

  1. This is a huge NO NO NO. Besides the massive privacy intrusion and building of an odious and expensive 20,000-Person State Army of Contact Thugs, I mean, Tracers, why oh why is contact tracing even needed now? How many times does CV-19 have to be exposed as a phony cover for the “progressives” strangling agenda before we say ENOUGH?

  2. Please stop voting for people who want to take away your rights and privacy. These people DO NOT have your best interest at heart. They are using a pandemic as a power grab.

  3. How is this even legal or even being considered? How can government just ignore my constitutional rights?

    Can someone smarter than me please explain.

    1. “Liberal” in truth leftist judges appointed under Obama that legislate from the bench. For some reason we’re letting district judges override voters ergo prop 8 in California, and in this case even the constitution. These POS’s need to have their black robes exchanged for orange ones.

  4. How to sue your governor…..WWW.thewashingtonstandard.com/how-to-sue-your-governor
    Also contact the DOJ they are making these cases against governors a priority…

  5. When Trump was elected, several of my progressive friends warned me to get ready, cos the “jack-boots” were coming. If only they knew they were coming for them.

  6. Gov Hair Gel has no clue what he is doing. Just like he didn’t as Mayor of SF. When he submits to outlining his “contacts” with his former campaign-manager’s wife – we can talk. Otherwise STFU and crawl back into your hole.

    1. I can barely even keep up with the daily insanity anymore. But Governor Hair Gel really made me laugh. I’ve got to maintain my sense of humor about some of this, or else I don’t know how I’m going to keep reading the same shit every day. The truth is that until these phonies are out of office, we are going to keep seeing headlines like this. Every single day. I literally am at a loss. What’s even worse is that they keep changing their words, reassuring us that of course they’re not going to quarantine us away from our homes. WTF are they doing then? Leave me alone. If I need to literally go move to a farm to protect myself I will. And no, I will not wear a worthless mask!

  7. As usual we may be couple steps behind…….”tracers” with their newly sharpened skills can repurpose as neighborhood block wardens to tally social index scores, do weekly data dumps of your TV, Tablet, Alexia, etc. and collect neighbors’ personal “observations”.

    Some say “they” are building special carts to haul low index residents to local public squares for appropriate cleansing…….

  8. An “ ARMY “ ?

    You know something bizarre is happening when they pry wicked willie out of his coffin for advice. Why does he use the word Army too? An Army is a large group of people armed for war.

    I wonder what they’re really up to here. Basically 20,000 people are going to identify, spy on, document and keep tabs on ‘ individuals ‘ who have a virus that affects most of society a little more or less than the seasonal flu. My guess is this ‘ army ‘ is going to go after whoever they are told to go after, period. They want to track us, which they admit, but not due to the coronavirus. The coronavirus is an excuse. Nothing democrats do is for the good of society, which has never been so obvious as now with the COVID panic. Now their army is going to force upon us what the COVID HOAX failed to, being our will-full submission.

    I’ve seen several articles mentioning using dogs to identify individuals with COVID-19. Whether a canine can actually be trained to do this or not is not important to them. All they have to do is claim the dog can, send it to a targeted individual, have it bark on cue and send in the cops to subdue the citizen. The dog doesn’t need to do more than run and bark. If it’s discretion is questioned they just send in an ‘ expert ‘ to verify the dogs qualifications.

    As far as an app just remember that when an app is ON your phone it has access TO your phone. The key is whether they put the app on or the citizen allows them to. If a citizen does they are allowing complete legal access to their phone including the data and functions. Remote software can even turn on your microphone and camera at will. Google has already been caught doing this, so if they’re involved I’d be even more concerned.

    Hair-gel is definitely over his head and beyond desperate at this point. In the video with wicked willie he does his best to appear concerned and in control, but he really looks scared out of wits. He should be. He’s gotten himself into a HUGE mess that gets worse every day, with no easy way out.

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