Alameda Will Pay People With COVID to Stay Home
Alameda County is embarking on a bold experiment to slow the spread of coronavirus. It’s paying sick people to stay home.
The county has authorized a pilot program that will offer $1,250 stipends to low-income residents who test positive, provided they stay home. The county will grapple with several challenges, including monitoring and the potential to incentivize risk taking. If successful, however, the pilot could expand beyond its $10 million maximum price tag.
Alameda is not the only locality to consider such a strategy. Los Angeles City Councilman David Ryu introduced a proposal last month to provide two weeks’ compensation to people who test positive for COVID-19.