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State and local health departments are lobbying Congress for billions of dollars to hire at least 100,000 contact tracers — workers responsible for tracking down people who have been exposed to confirmed coronavirus cases and asking them to self-quarantine.The goal is to break the chains of transmission within communities and prevent outbreaks before they happen, especially when a second wave of the virus hits in the fall. The national contact tracing plan developed by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) recommends starting with an additional 100,000 contract tracers for a 12-month deployment, with Congress needing to appropriate about $3.6 billion in emergency funding for state and local public health departments. If you can't find the cases, there's no way to successfully do the contact tracing that's really going to stop the spread of the disease in its tracks,” Casalotti said.Ideally, once a person tests positive for COVID-19, a contact tracer would connect with them and ask for information about whom they have been in contact with.

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