Oklahoma Watch - Using data on COVID-19 cases across the country, this map estimates the number of contact tracers needed in each state, county and tribal area. The map, which is updated regularly, was developed by George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health. The higher the number of contact tracers needed, the darker the shade of color. Click or tap on a state to see county-level data. Select display options on the left, including for tribal areas and for either rates or numbers of contact tracers. Read full article.
Betsy Ladyzhets of Stacker - “For contact tracing to be successful,” says Dr. Candice Chen, an Associate Professor at George Washington University who works on the Workforce Estimator, “it really has to be a comprehensive approach.” She explains that interviewing patients is only the beginning; for the strategy to be successful, people exposed to COVID-19 must have the space and resources to self-isolate: “If people can’t stay home, in the end, you’re not actually containing anything.” Read full article.
Pa. health chief says state is ‘doing well’ on contact tracing as counties reopen. But others fear we’re lagging
Elizabeth Hardison of Pennsylvania Capital Star - Since April 20, they’ve contacted 433 people in the 24 counties in north-central and northwestern counties that began to reopen last week. Even though those areas have logged relatively few cases in recent weeks, “those numbers seem really low” to Edward Salsberg, who directs the Institute for Health Workforce Equity at the George Washington University School of Public Health. A team of researchers Salsberg leads estimates that the 24 counties that reopened last week require a combined workforce of more than 250 contact tracers, based on their populations and recent case counts. Read full article.
GW Today - A novel workforce tool created by researchers at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health estimates that the nation will need to employ a total of 184,000 COVID-19 contact tracers to help society safely reopen and limit the size of future waves of the virus.
The Contact Tracing Workforce Estimator, created by a team at the Milken Institute-based Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity, uses the number of COVID-19 cases, estimated number of contacts per infected person and other information to help state and local health departments determine the number of staff needed to identify and trace people who have been in contact with new cases of COVID-19. Read full press release.
To meet the potentially explosive demand for healthcare workers, researchers at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health have created a novel tool that will help states and the federal government estimate the need for health care workers under different scenarios of patient infection rates and health worker attrition. The estimates provided by the new tool will help state and federal pandemic experts plan for large spikes in illness and potential shortfalls of key ICU personnel, such as respiratory therapists, intensivists, critical care nurses and others. "This pandemic has put extraordinary pressure on our health workforce," said Patricia Pittman, PhD, director of the Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity. Find the publication here.