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Where exactly are Canadians catching COVID-19? Authorities are not totally sure

“Unfortunately, the hard reality is that we don’t know that much,” said Dionne Aleman, a University of Toronto engineering professor and CHE affiliate who studies health-related systems.

“Without being able to do extensive contact tracing, it’s hard to know what’s exactly happening, and without knowing exactly what’s happening, it becomes virtually impossible to have any success stopping this disease by imposing very minimal, targeted restrictions.”

Full article at: National Post (November 14: Fort McMurray Today, Healthing, WorldNews.net)


Job Opportunity – Principal Data Science Analyst, Center for Digital Health

The Center for Digital Health at Mayo Clinic is hiring a Senior Data Science Analyst to join a team that will focus on scheduling optimization, creating algorithms that enable connecting the optimal scheduling.  The candidate for this role will build and maintain real-time patient and provider scheduling optimization models that match a patient’s care needs with the right provider at the right time in the most optimal manner to maximize operational efficiency while keeping the needs of the patient first. You will write software that helps orchestrate and optimize the flow of patients through complex care process models. As a member of this team, you will get the opportunity to work on highly visible, innovative projects that directly impact the patient and provider experience. You will be involved in all the aspects of the software development cycle including scoping, design, implementation, testing & delivery of the product and help the Center for Digital Health lead Mayo’s digital transformation.

Full announcement at: Mayo Clinic


News Item – COVID-19: What we know about the second wave and a targeted approach for protecting Canadians

In Ontario, the Toronto Star reported that hundreds of COVID-19 infections may be going undetected each week because far fewer Ontarians are getting tested on the weekend, leaving possibly infected people more time to expose other people, according to University of Toronto professor Dionne Aleman, an expert in pandemic modelling and a CHE affiliate.

Full article at: Zoomer


News Item – Today’s coronavirus news: Ontario reporting 834 cases, 5 deaths; France imposes new national lockdown; Bank of Canada holds rate steady

8 p.m. Hundreds of COVID-19 infections may be going undetected each week in Ontario because the province is regularly failing to use its full capacity to test for the disease, experts warn.

The problem is a weekly pattern that’s been clear since the spring: far fewer Ontarians are getting tested on the weekend.

This, in turn, has led to a weekly up-down testing cycle that may be making it harder to control what’s happening in Ontario’s second wave, says Dionne Aleman, a University of Toronto professor and CHE affiliate and an expert in pandemic modelling. If thousands fewer patients’ samples are being collected on the weekend, it suggests possibly infected people may be waiting to get tested, which leaves more time for them to expose other people, she said. “That’s a lot of secondary infections that have happened all because somebody didn’t want to come in on the weekend.”

Full article at: Toronto Star (October 28: Hamilton Spectator)


News Item – How low testing on the weekend may be making it harder to control Ontario’s second wave

“Far fewer Ontarians are getting tested on the weekend. This, in turn, has led to a weekly up-down testing cycle that may be making it harder to control what’s happening in Ontario’s second wave, says Dionne Aleman, a University of Toronto professor, a CHE affiliate and an expert in pandemic modelling.

Full article at: Toronto Star


News Item – Coronavirus: More testing needed for a true depiction of COVID-19 spread, expert says

Pandemic modelling expert and CHE affiliate Dionne Aleman breaks down why Ontarians continue to see a rise in COVID-19 cases despite the province falling behind on daily testing.

Watch video at: Global News (October 26: MSN News, Yahoo! News)


News Item – Guelph reports 17 new coronavirus cases from weekend, active cases at 42

Pandemic modelling expert and CHE affiliate, Dionne Aleman, breaks down why Ontarians continue to see a rise in COVID-19 cases despite the province falling behind on daily testing.

Full article at: Global News


News Item – COVID-19 outbreak with 19 cases at Wilfrid Laurier University over: public health

Pandemic modelling expert and CHE affiliate, Dionne Aleman breaks down why Ontarians continue to see a rise in COVID-19 cases despite the province falling behind on daily testing.

Full article: Global News


Opportunity – Junior Data Science Specialist, St. Michael’s Hospital (Nov. 3)

Competition #: 865206
Job Title: Junior Data Science Specialist – MAP
Site: St. Michael’s Hospital
Job Category: Research
Work Type: Full-Time Temporary
Positions Available: 1
Union Affiliation: Non Union
Date Posted: 10/13/2020
Closing date: 11/3/2020
Salary Range: $34.71 – 45.12 per hour
Length Of Temporary Assignment: 12 months

Full announcement at: Unity Health Toronto


Opportunity – Postdoctoral Fellowship: Developing a new generation of models to explore the transmission dynamics of tuberculosis (Nov. 1)

The Johns Hopkins TB Modeling and Translational Epi Group (lead investigator: Dr. David Dowdy) is expanding its focus on developing novel data-driven models to answer pressing questions about the natural history and transmission dynamics of TB, the world’s deadliest infectious disease. As part of this effort, we are searching for one or two exceptional doctoral graduates with strong quantitative and research skills to be at the forefront of our group’s expansion.

Full announcement


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