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The San Diego Epidemiology and Research for COVID Health (SEARCH) Alliance is a cross-institutional collaboration to understand the incidence and evolution of COVID-19 in San Diego and beyond.

A local alliance to combat a global challenge

SARS-CoV-2 Genomes Released
COVID-19 Tests Performed
Wastewater screenings

Understanding the spread of COVID-19

To slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community, we need to understand how the virus is evolving and transmitting. By screening both healthy individuals and those with symptoms of illness, scientists can begin to understand how widely the virus is circulating in our community. For those that test positive, we sequence the virus to understand it’s spread and evolution.

To track the spread of SARS-CoV-2 locally here in San Diego, we perform wastewater surveillance, ‘SGTF’ analyses, and sequencing of clinical samples. We make data freely available and have also created to track the wider pandemic.

Ultimately, the goal is to protect our community from COVID-19 now and in the future.

What is SEARCH?

SEARCH is a collaborative research study between Rady Children’s Hospital, UCSD, Scripps Research and the Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine that seeks to understand the spread and prevalence of COVID-19 in San Diego by testing and screening individuals and sequencing SARS-CoV-2.

We work very closely with our partners in the local area, including the County of San Diego, California Department of Public Health, Sharp Health, Scripps Health, Helix, and many others. These collaboration also extend across to Mexico and across the world, where we work closely with many different institutions.

If you think you might have COVID-19, you should consider getting a clinical test immediately. More details about testing and where to get one can be found on the San Diego County website and also here: Information about vaccination can be found via this website.