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High Country News

Helen Santoro

22 May 2020

Corvallis, Oregon, United States

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A partnership between Oregon State University and the Benton County Health Department has helped one Oregon county implement TRACE – widespread coronavirus testing that is available even for those who don't show sympt...

The New York Times

Sharon Otterman

21 May 2020

Paterson, New Jersey, United States

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In New Jersey, health officials in the city of Paterson has been tracing the novel coronavirus for months, which may have helped contain the spread of the virus. Their disease investigations team has been able to succ...

CNBC

William Feuer

7 May 2020

Seoul, South Korea

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South Korea and Hong Kong have been able to contain the coronavirus without imposing restrictive lockdowns by implementing an aggressive and widespread testing, data sharing and contact tracing regime. In the case of ...

Concord Monitor

Damien Fisher

6 May 2020

New Hampshire, United States

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Contact tracing is not new for the state of New Hampshire, but officials are now adapting previous practices to better match the infectious capabilities of COVID-19. The practice is normally handled by the state Burea...

CalMatters

Rachel A. Becker

5 May 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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California state government is pivoting to a tactic that will allow for state employees to be reassigned and retrained to help efforts towards implementing contact tracing. Only one-third of the state's local health d...

Christian Science Monitor

Ryan Lenora Brown

5 May 2020

Johannesburg, Central African Republic

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To contain the coronavirus and reopen the economy, state governments throughout the United States are implementing public health lessons that were learned in West Africa during the Ebola outbreak. Although the two out...

Bangor Daily News

Caitlin Andrews

2 May 2020

Maine, United States

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Contact tracing of the novel coronavirus is helping Maine slowly and safely reopen after lockdown by tracking the spread of the virus and mitigating risk of those who may have been exposed. In order to effectively con...

The Guardian

Trang Bui

1 May 2020

Vietnam

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Although Vietnam had a limited ability to treat coronavirus patients due to lack of treatment infrastructures, the country has been able to keep their case count low by implementing aggressive testing, contact tracing...

Wired

Megan Molteni

29 April 2020

United States

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Scientists have been mapping microbes in public places for a long time and are now tracking Covid-19 by swabbing subways, park benches, ATMs, and even the air, for traces of genetic material to better understand the v...

Wall Street Journal

Niharika Mandhana

Lam Le

27 April 2020

Hanoi, Vietnam

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Vietnam implemented rigid protocols around contact tracing and quarantine methodologies in order to contain the coronavirus outbreak, and so far, it has paid off with no deaths and a manageable caseload. Although a la...

The Salt Lake Tribune

Nate Carlisle

27 April 2020

Utah, United States

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To contain coronavirus, Utah has enabled contact tracing that utilizes state employees to make phone calls to those who have potentially been exposed to the virus but many they call do not speak English. To address th...

The New York Times

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Brett Sokol

27 April 2020

Seoul, South Korea

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The art world in Seoul is cautiously taking steps to reopening business following the COVID-19 quarantine. To keep safe, galleries are practicing the usual social distancing guidelines, wearing masks, and collecting c...

The Guardian

Justin McCurry

23 April 2020

Seoul, South Korea

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With one of the lowest mortality rates in the world and a rapidly declining rate of new COVID-19 cases, South Korea has emerged as a world leader in containing the pandemic. Many credit widespread testing and contact ...

Business Insider

Hiatt Woods

23 April 2020

Singapore

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When it comes to containing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, many experts point to contact tracing, in which disease detectives track and monitor the interactions and movements of known infected people, as the key...

WHYY

Nina Feldman

23 April 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In Philadelphia, volunteers with the University of Pennsylvania have launched a small-scale effort in contact tracing, a method in which disease detectives track and monitor the interactions and movements of known inf...

The Guardian

Nemo Kim

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Marina Costa

Nikhita Chulani

23 April 2020

South Korea

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South Korea took early and aggressive measures to mitigate the coronavirus pandemic, and the country has now been able to successfully declare that they've flattened the curve of reported cases. The combined strategy ...

Foreign Affairs

Victor Cha

21 April 2020

South Korea

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South Korea's national government took quick action and implemented sweeping policy changes that have helped the country better control the spread of Covid-19. Contact tracing and democratizing the creation of testing...

Christian Science Monitor

Simon Montlake

21 April 2020

Massachusetts, United States

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As a method known as contact tracing, in which disease detectives track and monitor the interactions and movements of known infected people, has been hailed as a success in countries like South Korea, the United State...

WBEZ

Kristen Schorsch

20 April 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Doctors and staff at Howard Brown Health, a Chicago health center for LGBTQ patients, is using its years of experience in containing and treating HIV and other sexually-transmitted diseases with contact tracing to hel...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Eleni Gill

20 April 2020

Hawaii, United States

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In Hawaii, an understaffed health department is struggling to keep up with the number of new COVID-19 infections, but they are doing what they can with a method known as contact tracing, in which disease detectives tr...

U.S. News & World Report

Sarah Toth Stub

20 April 2020

Jerusalem, Israel

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The use of mobile phone technology can aid in contact tracing and the collection of public health data. In Israel, the government’s use of GPS phone locations to trace cases of COVID-19 raised scrutiny regarding priva...

Anchorage Daily News

Michelle Theriault Boots

17 April 2020

Anchorage, Alaska, United States

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In an effort to contain the coronavirus, Alaska nurses are stepping in as "contact tracers," as a means of investigating who should be quarantined or tested. The initiative has been credited for helping keep Alaska's ...

The New Yorker

Max S. Kim

17 April 2020

Seoul, South Korea

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In South Korea, the government has launched a program of contact tracing, in which disease detectives track and monitor the interactions and movements of known infected people, which many observers are hailing as the ...

The Guardian

Sarah Boseley

17 April 2020

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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In Hong Kong, the government has been able to successfully contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to a two-pronged strategy of testing and tracing, in which disease detectives track and monitor the interac...

Montana Free Press

Emily Stifler Wolfe

17 April 2020

Bozeman, Montana, United States

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As the United States looks toward reopening, some states are preparing by directing resources toward contact tracing strategies, which is not a new protocol for controlling communicable disease and has shown success i...

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