DC expanding contact tracer program today

The District is expanding its contact tracer program as part of its campaign to contain the COVID-19 outbreak in the city.

Last week, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that the District had established a team of 65 people – today she announced that it would be expanding to 200.

Ultimately, they believe a force  of 900 contact tracers will be required to track the novel coronavirus.

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The mayor said they will be hiring people in three categories – investigators, lead investigators and program managers.

The positions are 13-month terms in D.C. government.

The mayor said those jobs would be posted on the District’s career site on Wednesday.

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"The goal of contact tracing is to identify nearly all cases of COVID-19, isolate infected individuals, and find, and alert their contacts, and then quarantine all the contacts," the mayor said.

The mayor – and other government leaders in the DMV – say a robust contact tracing program will be instrumental in reopening the local economy.

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