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San Rafael’s essential residents need a better virus testing system

September 28, 2020

Marin Independent Journal article by: Maggie Stevens

SAN RAFAEL CA – MAY 27: Perla Pacheco of San Rafael and Jorge Chumil of Mill Valley are seen waiting in line with others for free COVID-19 testing at the Canal Alliance in San Rafael, Calif. on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. (Sherry LaVars/Marin Independent Journal)

For those of us who are teaching Marin’s neediest children during the COVID-19 pandemic, Zoom isn’t cutting it.

Some teachers have told me they’d rather catch the virus than keep it up. It’s that frustrating.

Of course, that can’t possibly be true, given the life-threatening nature of the disease. And in the phrase “be careful what you wish for,” in-person interactions with students seem fraught with the very real possibility of catching the disease.

All of these problems are fixable. We  need to make sure people who test positive have a safe place to quarantine and that no one can lose their job for a positive test, even if they need to take time off.

A recent article appearing in the IJ (“Marin gets Canal community involved in COVID-19 response plan,” Aug. 18) represented a ray of hope as Marin Public Health Officer Dr. Matthew Willis, Canal Alliance Executive Director Omar Carrera and others described a new, united push to destigmatize the disease and get people needed help.

Read the full article on the Marin IJ website.

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