Pennsylvania prepares for more increased COVID-19 contact tracing

Written by on June 4, 2020

Pennsylvania prepares for more increased COVID-19 contact tracing

By Tyler Pratt

June 4, 2020

In this Tuesday, May 19, 2020, photo, health investigator Mackenzie Bray sits in her office at the Salt Lake County Health Department in Salt Lake City. Bray normally works to track contacts for people with sexually transmitted diseases, but she was re-assigned during the coronavirus pandemic. She is now one of 130 people at this county health department assigned to track down COVID-19 cases in Utah’s urban center around Salt Lake City. The investigators, many of them nurses, each juggle 30 to 40 cases that can include a total of several hundred people. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

The Pennsylvania health department has reported 75 new deaths from COVID-19. This brings the statewide death toll to more than 5,700. There are currently over 73,000 cases of the coronavirus in Pennsylvania.

In an effort to combat the spread of the virus, Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine says the state is ramping up contact tracing. The department is rolling out a plan in the southwest portion of the state. 

“We’ve also been working with the Penn State college of medicine to recruit medical students to do contact tracing and so far there are 46 medical students helping with this effort.”

Levine says she is also working with public health students from Temple University. 


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