Contact Tracing for COVID-19: Would You Participate?

The novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has claimed the lives of many, greatly impacted economies, and shifted everyday norms for people across the world. In the U.S specifically, over 40 million Americans have filed for unemployment while on the other side, medical staff and healthcare providers’ employment has increased. One of the most unique challenges of COVID-19 is the level to which the virus is taken seriously in each population. In America, not only have the number of COVID cases increased significantly, but people have begun resuming their normal pre-corona activities, increasing the chances the virus will spread more rapidly. This has enforced the need to monitor and track those who have contracted the virus and inform and monitor those other individuals and places they have recently contacted. This action of monitoring and tracing COVID patients is called Contact-Tracing and was developed to accurately collect data about the number of cases and to inform the appropriate parties of any recent contact with a COVID carrier.

Although contact-tracing is a new and widely accepted data collection method, there are a few factors that have possibly contributed to people having varied feelings about participating in the study. Varying opinions from government officials, alarming new findings from leading virologists and scientists, changing mandates on public health safety precautions, and many other events have lead Americans to question the intentions or purpose of any new activity concerning the coronavirus. With questions and concerns like these, it is easy to get a mixed result of those willing and unwilling to participate in contact-tracing studies. However, despite consistent coronavirus chaos, in a recent study, about 62% of participants said they would participate and 17% said they would not. Other numbers reflect those who were not certain but even in that category, majority leaned toward yes. See the charts below:

Top 4 Key Drivers in Getting a 360 Degree View of Your Patients

Top 4 Key Drivers in Getting a 360 Degree View of Your Patients

Most providers believe that they have a full view of their patients and can serve them based on that view. However, there are key factors that should be considered when assessing your patients, and it includes much more than their vital signs.

Many uninsured and under-insured patients will frequent walk-in services without establishing a relationship with a primary care physician.  How can a medical practice provide better care to this patient? By engaging them to get a better assessment of their overall health needs.  Maybe he has a family history of high cholesterol and strokes and complained of stroke-like symptoms during his last visit. He was sent home with instructions to follow-up with his primary care physician but didn’t have one, which is why he keeps presenting at the walk-in site. A few extra minutes to gather more information, including asking the questions, “do you have a primary care doctor? Are you having challenges paying for your medication?”. This provides an opportunity to collect additional data and establish a lasting relationship. Then you could offer him resources to acquire quality health insurance or discounted prescriptions. Your goal is to serve your patients fully by having a 360-degree view. This view not only ensures your patients will receive quality care; in turn, it will keep your patients confident in your services and make them more likely to seek ongoing care with you.  

Here are four key drivers for providing quality healthcare to patients

1. Health Status. Does the patient have any pre-existing conditions?  Is there a family history of any health conditions? 

2. Services have they received at your facility before, and what services have they received in the past at other facilities?

3. Insurance. What type of insurance does the patient have? Do they know what benefits in the past at other facilities? If a patient doesn’t have insurance, you may be able to help them acquire coverage. 

4. Social Determinants. Where does your patient live and work? What amenities are available in their community, and how does this affect their lifestyle?  These factors can impact a person’s health and may dictate how services are provided

Top 4 Key Drivers in Getting a 360 Degree View of Your Patients

TOP TWO Observations from COVID-19 in areas with a high population density

Over three days during the week of March 30th, Jasfel Analytics conducted an informal survey of 25+ local stores in high-density and mixed-income areas in northern NJ. These retailers consisted of local grocers, corner stores, restaurants, convenience stores with gas stations, laundromats, and pharmacies.

Here are the top two observations of this study:

  • Social Distancing: Only 10% of stores surveyed practiced social distancing inside of their facility. A staggering 100% of the stores did not practice social distancing outside of the stores.
  • Disinfection: An astonishing 100% of the stores surveyed did not sanitize high touchpoints used to enter their stores. The study observed a minimum of 25 individuals entering and leaving the stores. Most of the consumers entering and exiting the stores did utilize plastic gloves (or any hand protection) or face masks.

Major chain stores like ShopRite, Home Depot, and others in high-density areas observed social distancing and disinfection guidelines as ordered by the state.

To truly combat COVID-19, local governments must use data to track possible hotspots in the community and enforce the rules on social distancing and disinfection. If the rise in infections continues, local and state governments will bear the burden of thousands of infected residents.



Jasfel Analytics had great success in a recent workshop, educating non-profit organizations about the benefits of utilizing data to ensure more effective and advanced outcomes!  This serves as a positive outlook for the impact Jasfel Analytics will have in assisting organizations gain access to, use and analyze key data! Special thanks to Babette Baker, Principal of Paideia PM for making this event a success.
Top Towns for Internet Access in Essex County NJ Households

Top Towns for Internet Access in Essex County NJ Households

For the first time in its history, the U.S. Census Bureau captured statistics on computer and internet usage for households in the United States.

In its annual ACS 5-year 2013-2017 survey, the U.S. Census Bureau details over 190 metrics associated with computer and internet usage by age, income , educational attainment and ethnicity.

In this segment we take a look at two of these metrics for households in Essex County New Jersey.

Click here for graphic highlighting where each town in Essex County ranks.

Top 5 Towns with computers and internet access in households.

North Cardwell ranks number on the county with 98% of households having computing devices and internet access.

Millburn places second with 98%. Followed by number three Essex Fells (97%), number 4 Cardwell (94.2%) and Glen Ridge (96.4) rounding out the top five.

Click here to get a full picture of all Essex County NJ town rankings.