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June 29-July 1, 2020

Local contact tracing team aims to reduce spread of COVID-19, educate public on risks (Wyoming Tribune Eagle) – Collaboration between the state and county health departments means “97% of lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in Wyoming have included follow-up contact tracing.”

Why Coronavirus Exposure Notifications And Contact Tracing Are Very Different Things (ISSCNC) – Contact tracing tells us where the exposure occurred, not just that it occurred.

State scales back contact tracing program (Salem News) – New COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts have dropped to the point that state can reduce contact tracing staff.

Contact tracing remains inadequate in most states (American Enterprise Institute) – Contact tracing coupled with quarantine lowers the transmission rate, but most states have inadequate tracing staffs and no plans to ramp up.

State to sign with company to improve contact tracing, health officer says (WTVY [Dothan, AL]) – Alabama state health officer says the state doesn’t have enough tracers as case numbers begin to increase and is working with a company to provide more staff quickly. 

Health experts say contact tracing, transparency crucial for restaurants amid pandemic (WSYXTV Sinclair Group Columbus, OH) – Targeting specific restaurants for closure is seen as preferable to widespread shutdowns.

Massachusetts Test-And-Trace Regime Best In Nation: Report (Patch.com) – “The state has a dozen contact tracers for each positive coronavirus test, according to an analysis by #TestAndTrace.”

WHO: Countries complaining about contact tracing are ‘lame’ (ABC News) – The U.N. health agency has repeatedly advised countries that shutting down their COVID-19 outbreaks requires having a strong contact tracing program in place.

Louisiana sees slight uptick in contact tracing compliance (WBRZ) – New text message capability lets people know the department is going to be reaching out to them, which has helped in getting responses.

As coronavirus cases surged, Texas’ contact tracing workforce shrunk (Texas Tribune) – Title says it all.

Chelan and Douglas counties [WA State] contact tracing now handled by the Department of Health (Wenatchee World) – Lacking the capacity to complete investigations for positive tests, all cases except those at long-term care facilities have been turned over to the Department of Health.

Contact tracers overwhelmed by increasing COVID-19 cases in Tennessee (WKRN) – Contract tracers in the state can no longer quickly identify and notify small clusters of people exposed to the coronavirus.

‘We Don’t Provide Judgement’: Contact Tracers Work To Slow Spread Of Coronavirus In LA County (CBS Los Angeles) – Dr. Sonali Kulkarni, medical director of L.A. County’s division of HIV and STD programs, says contact tracers have to be good listeners and not pass judgement.

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How Covid-19 Contact Tracing Works on Your Phone (WIRED) – Explainer on the Apple-Google API for smartphones to facilitate contact tracing.

Bipartisan Privacy Legislation for Contact Tracing Apps Introduced in Senate – Bill makes participation voluntary and gives consumers control over personal data, limiting types of data that can be collected.

Biden’s Testing Strategy Sets Up a Clear Contrast With Trump on the Coronavirus (The New York Times) – Analysis of the differences between Biden’s federal-driven testing plan and the Trump adminstration’s approach.

Why contact tracing may be a mess in America (MIT Technology Review)  High caseloads, low testing and American attitudes toward government authority could pose serious challenges for efforts to track and contain coronavirus cases.

You Don’t Need Invasive Tech for Successful Contact Tracing. Here’s How It Works. (ProPublica) – Overview of features of effective contact tracing programs.

Democrats introduce bill to protect health data used for tracing the coronavirus (CNBC) – Measures include requiring companies collecting data to meet security standards.

Coronavirus: How to Do Testing and Contact Tracing (Tomas Pueyo) – Argues that successfully containing COVID-19 requires identifying infected people and 70-90% of their contacts for isolation or quarantine.

$46B National Contact Tracing Senate Proposal by Andy Slavitt and Scott Gottlieb – Proposal for containing spread of COVID-19 and reopening U.S. economy authored by former Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Andy Slavitt, former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and bipartisan group of public health leaders.

Gillibrand, Bennet Propose Hiring Thousands for New ‘Health Force’ – Legislative proposal by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) to recruit, train and employ thousands of people to fortify health workforce.

Levin, Warren Lay Out Plan for National Contact-Tracing Program – Proposal from Rep. Andy Levin (D-MI) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to establish nationwide contact-tracing workforce and local responses to COVID-19.

Pandemic Response and Opportunity Through National Service Act – Legislation from Senate Democrats to fund 750,000 positions in national service programs over a three-year period.