16,000 sign up for COVID-19 health survey; docs say they need 50,000

Berkeley Brean
Updated: May 22, 2020 05:28 PM
Created: May 22, 2020 03:31 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — It's called the ROC COVID-19 daily health screening. Once you sign in, you'll get an email every day asking you a basic question. 

Click here to sign up for the survey.


Do you have any of these COVID-19 symptoms? 

New cough. 
Hard time breathing. 
Sore throat. 
Body aches and loss of taste or smell.

"It's generally the first thing I do every morning when I check my email," Linda DiStefano of Gates said. "And this is one tiny thing I can do that maybe, at the end of all this, will say the data helped."

DiStefano is one of 16,000 people enrolled in the survey. That's a lot, but not enough to get an accurate picture. 

Albert Blankley, CEO of Common Ground Health: "Our public health experts are telling us we'd really like to see 50,000 to 100,000 participating in this on a daily basis."

Berkeley Brean, New10NBC Chief Investigative Reporter: "When we get this critical mass, what is the information going to tell us? That we're more sick than we think or less sick than we think?"

Dr. Michael Leonard, URMC: "Well, it could tell us either depending on the health of our community."

Leonard says they need more than just people who already have symptoms. 

Brean: "So, you're looking for healthy people here to take this survey?"

Leonard: "When we say everybody, we mean everybody."

The survey map shows another issue. Eight out of 10 people taking it live in Monroe County. Of those, most are in the suburbs, and most of them are in the east side towns, like Brighton, Pittsford, and Penfield. 

So, they want more people from the city and the 10 counties in the region outside Monroe. 

Brean: "There are lots of people in our community who don't take this survey. Why should they take it? Why is it going to help?"

Dr. Michael Hasselberg, URMC: "Our hope is if we can get, as Dr. Leonard said, enough taking this, we will really understand what is happening with this virus locally, geographically."

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