US contact tracing workforce surpasses 50,000: 4 things to know

Four things to understand:.

The COVID-19 contact tracing labor force in all U.S. territories and states reached 53,116, according to NPRs newest survey, performed in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.

The study is based on states number of case counts over the past 14 days and uses the Contact Tracing Workforce Estimator developed by The Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

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Wednesday, October 14th, 2020
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1. Contact tracers help track COVID-19 cases and direct exposure. They call those who are contaminated and discover their contacts to inform them of their exposure risk so they can take precautions..

2. The most recent count of 53,116 contact tracers marks a roughly 30 percent boost from NPRs August survey, although a boost in the number of states that are now included was a factor, the publication reported. Still, NPR keeps in mind that the count remains lower than the more than 100,000 that public health experts have called for because the pandemic started.

3. NPRs most current study revealed Oregon, Vermont and Washington, D.C., have adequate contact tracers, and the states of Maine, Montana, New York and Hawaii have enough when consisting of reserve personnel. More than 40 states do not have enough to fulfill their requirements.

4. More than half of surveyed states told NPR said they prepare to hire more contact tracers.

NPRs most current study revealed Oregon, Vermont and Washington, D.C., have sufficient contact tracers, and the states of Maine, Montana, New York and Hawaii have enough when including reserve staff. More than 40 states do not have enough to meet their needs.

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Contact tracers help track COVID-19 cases and direct exposure. Still, NPR notes that the count remains lower than the more than 100,000 that public health experts have called for considering that the pandemic started.

Find out more about the study here..