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Reclusive California Town to Test All Residents for Virus

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By    |   Monday, 20 April 2020 08:59 AM

A reclusive, unincorporated town just above San Francisco is offering its entire population coronavirus testing this week.

The Mercury News reported that Bolinas, California, was slated to kick off the four-day effort Monday. Bolinas is on a peninsula northwest of San Francisco.

The testing for the town's 1,680 people is being funded by wealthy venture capitalists. Staffers from UC San Francisco will administer the tests, which will be offered to all residents who are at least 4 years old.

The program is costing more than $400,000.

"It's this question of, well, do you just sit around and wait for the federal government to do something or do you try to take action and help?" venture capitalist Jyri Engestrom told The Mercury News.

The town does not have any confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus. The test results will be returned within 72 hours.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the testing effort in Bolinas is based on a similar one in Vo, Italy, which tested all of its citizens twice to help trace and control the spread of the virus.

"In order for us to respond effectively, we need more local community epidemiology like this study to get a sense of where we stand, and where active infection may still be occurring, so as public health officials begin to release constraints on movements we can avoid resurgence of the disease," said Diane Havlir, who leads the HIV/AIDS division at UC San Francisco.

The residents of Bolinas are famously private and have, in the past, removed highway signs that indicated how to get to the town that sits about 30 miles from San Francisco.

As of Monday morning, more than 31,500 people in California had tested positive for the virus and nearly 1,200 had died.

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