Contact tracing, an early hope for containing the coronavirus, is failing in some US states.

Contact tracing is considered a linchpin in the fight against COVID-19. To work, it requires a level of trust between communities and authorities that doesn’t exist in the face of systemic racism against Black Americans.   Aggressive police crackdowns against anti-racism…

What does contact tracing look like?   After 20 years with the Salt Lake County Public Health Department in Utah, Debbie Sorenesen has some idea. So do the dozens of brand new contact tracers the state has recruited since the pandemic began—more than tripling its number of…

Germany’s early, strong push on contact tracing may be helping the country keep COVID-19 deaths—10 per 100,000 people—comparatively low. The US has seen almost 3 times as many deaths; France and Britain, more than 4 and 5½ times, respectively. Germany’s approach—…

As the US grapples with the need for “an army” of 100,000 contact tracers, a free online course aims to get Americans trained for the task. Before the pandemic, just 2,200 contact tracers were working in the US, The Washington post.

Identifying people who have been infected with COVID-19 and reaching those they may have infected will require 100,000 additional workers in US cities and states, according to a $3.6 billion plan released April 10.