Health

Local Kids Show Appreciation for County Public Health Lab

A thank you card sent to the County Public Health Lab
One of the thank you cards sent to the County Public Health Lab

Several local children are showing their appreciation for the County’s Public Health Lab. Staff from the County’s Epidemiology and Immunization Services Branch received a care package filled with handmade cards, thanking them for their efforts during the COVID-19 incident.

Since the County declared a public health emergency on Feb. 14, staff at the Public Health Lab have tested close to 800 specimens for COVID-19 and investigated more than 1,800 persons who showed symptoms of the illness, or were exposed to someone who tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Microbiologists at the Public Health Lab can test for a variety of diseases, including avian flu, plague, norovirus, HIV, rabies, and drug-resistant tuberculosis. The lab also processes water samples, including drinking water, wastewater, and recreational water.

Katie Cadiao is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact