Tracking the unseen: How public health workers chase COVID-19 in Salt Lake County

Contact tracing, the act of identifying the people that someone infected with COVID-19 has come into contact with to reduce transmission, is front and center for Salt Lake City County’s Infectious Disease and Epidemiology bureaus, which have increased staff by 100 people to adapt to rising need. As opposed to what some deem invasive technology used to do contact tracing in other countries, Salt Lake City is relying on an all-hands-on-deck surveillance effort through questioning of individuals with the goal of reducing spread as much as possible.

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