How many people in your city have symptoms and where are they?

By Jessie Feller Hahn

Jessie Feller Hahn is the Executive Director of Meeting of the Minds. She is an experienced urban planner, specializing in urban-regional policy with a particular focus on sustainability and clean energy. Previously, Jessie launched the successful Regional Energy Policy Program at Regional Plan Association in New York City. She has written numerous articles which have been featured in RPA’s Spotlight on the Region, The Hartford Courant, Urban Age Magazine, The Record, NPR, among others.

“What we’re trying to do is help cities get a very clear perspective of how many people in their jurisdiction have what symptoms, and where they are. And we feel like if we can do that effectively, efficiently, rapidly and inexpensively, cities are in a much better position to deploy their resources appropriately.” – Kitty Kolding, CEO, Chrysalis Partners

With testing availability still limited throughout the country, cities, counties, and states need to find innovative ways to survey their citizens to better understand the spread of COVID-19 in their communities. Kitty Kolding’s company, Chrysalis Partners, has developed a new data collection tool called the Covid-19 Symptom Collector, which is designed to fill this gap. This interview was recorded on April 13, 2020.

The new Covid-19 Symptom Collector allows individuals to report their symptoms in real-time, from the safety of their own homes, while avoiding unnecessary visits to overburdened hospitals and testing facilities. This early detection system allows local government to clearly see what was previously a significant blind spot: residents staying at home that may have the virus and may soon require testing and care. No special equipment is required: anyone, anywhere can report symptoms from their mobile devices or computers.

Each Symptom Collector submission captures demographic and symptomatic details along with location specifics designed to help cities, counties, states, hospitals and first responders with planning and prioritizing their resources as this pandemic unfolds in one city after another. Cities have unlimited access to the near real-time map, and also receive the detailed submissions for their own modeling and planning purposes.

Symptom Collector also provides public sector partners with a comprehensive set of promotional tools to support their public outreach, to urge citizens to actively use the system to report their symptoms.

You can receive free access to the interactive Covid-19 Symptom Collector map, and receive preferential treatment for promotional support and other services, by registering at this link.

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