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SoCo COVID-19 Check App 

covid check app iconSoCo COVID-19 Check is an app that helps Sonoma county employees and employers prevent and mitigate the spread of the novel Coronavirus.  Each day, before starting work, employees complete a 30-second self-assessment for COVID-19 related symptoms and potential exposure to the virus. The employer portion of the app asks employers to verify that employees do not have temperatures over 100.0 Farenheit and are wearing appropriate face coverings in accordance with the Health Orders of the County’s Public Health Officer. Daily screening improves our ability to keep the community safe by reducing contact when symptoms are present. The app also includes  a news feed that provides the latest information about COVID-19 from the County Department of Health Services, the State of California and the Centers for Disease Control. This includes infographics and up-to-date statistics for COVID-19 in Sonoma County. The app is also designed to be as streamlined and quick as possible. With only a few simple survey questions to answer, it should take no longer than 30 seconds each day to complete. Convenience is important to us because we know it is important to you.

The SoCo COVID-19 Check app has no privacy risk to its users.  The app does not ask for your name, address, or any other personally identifiable information. For example, the question regarding age demographics only has three options: 0-17, 18-64, and 65 and older. Only anonymous, aggregate data is collected, which can assist the Sonoma County Public Health Officer analyze community and population-level data regarding how employees and employers in various sectors are implementing mitigation measures to protect the health and well-being of everyone in the County. Further, none of the collected data will be shared for commercial use, and all data collected will be automatically deleted after 45 days. 

SoCo COVID-19 Check App

Frequently Asked Questions

Who created the SoCo COVID-19 Check app?

The app was spearheaded by the Department of Health Services Executive Team (see biographies listed below) and developed in partnership with IBM.

How will my data be stored?

All data will be stored on a Sonoma County tenant in IBM’s secure public cloud for businesses. The information will be deleted every 45 days and will only be accessible to the Department’s epidemiology and research staff in the Sonoma County Department of Health Services. None of the information will be shared for commercial purposes. Our only goal is to keep Sonoma County as safe as possible.

Can I be identified in this app?

No. All information is anonymous, and no personally identifiable questions are asked on the survey.

Can I be tracked by this app?

No. SoCo COVID-19 check does not have access to any phone’s location services. Therefore, it cannot track any users.

Can I add a symptom that is not on the list?

Currently that feature is not available on this app. However, the symptom list available is based on the most current information from guidance from the United States Centers for Disease Control and the California Department of Public Health.

How can I take the survey if I do not have a smartphone?

Any employees without a smart phone may have SoCo COVID-19 self-assessment completed by their employer on the employer version of the App which contains the employee self-check questions.

Here are some of the experts who played a role in the creation of the app: 

Director Barbie Robinson, MPP, JD, CHC
Barbie Robinson

In February 2017, Barbie Robinson was appointed by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors to lead the Department of Health Services (DHS). Barbie brings with her over 27 years of experience in the fields of health care administration, policy, and research. Before DHS, Barbie worked at the Federal level at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for 15 years overseeing the administration of Federal healthcare programs including Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the Medicare Fee-for-Service program. 

She received her undergraduate degree from Middlebury College, a Master’s of Public Policy from Georgetown University, and a Juris Doctorate from George Washington University Law School. 

Health Officer Dr. Sundari R. Mase, MD, MPH

MaseDr. Sundari R. Mase began serving as the County’s Health Officer March 2020. Dr. Mase brings local, state, federal and international experience to Sonoma County most recently serving as an independent Tuberculosis (TB) consultant. Previously, she was the India Country TB Medical Officer for the World Health Organization (WHO). Dr. Mase received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) and her medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Subsequently, Dr. Mase obtained her Master of Public Health with an emphasis in Epidemiology at UCB. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Infectious Disease Department at Emory University and served as Associate Clinical Professor at UCSF.

Public Information Officer, Rohish Lal, MPH

rohishRohish Lal, MPH has been serving as public information officer for the Sonoma County Department of Health Services since June 2018. He coordinates communications between the Department and news media outlets and the general public. As Public Information Officer, Rohish is also responsible for developing communication plans and strategies for the Department’s key initiatives and programs including legislative advocacy. Rohish has nine years of experience in public sector health communications and was previously an Assistant Information Officer for the California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS), which provides a range of health care, social, mental health, alcohol and drug, income assistance, and public health services. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at San Francisco State University in Journalism and has Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from California State University, Northridge.

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