GWMI's COVID-19 Contact Tracing Workforce Estimator is cited in Steven Findlay of Kaiser Health News recent piece.
Staffing is the most significant challenge. Researchers at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., evaluated contact tracing needs and how states and counties performed. Their bottom line, based on the most recent surge in cases: The nation would need 928,000 contact tracers to keep up with the current number of cases — or 281 per 100,000 people. Read the full article.
Yahoo Finance’s Julie Hyman, Brian Sozzi, and Myles Udland discuss COVID-19 and hospital staffing outlook with Dr. Patricia Pittman, director of the Fitzhugh Mullan Institute of Health Workforce Equity and George Washington University Professor of Health Policy at the Milken Institute School of Public Health. Watch the full interview here.
Twenty-nine states told NPR they have hired more contact tracers to meet rising demand, and 20 said they would hire more soon. But none of the states that responded with updated contact tracing staff numbers currently has enough staff to keep up with case numbers.
The analysis, based on state case counts over the past 14 days, was done using an estimating tool developed by the Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity at the George Washington University. As in June, August and October, NPR assumed workers are calling 10 contacts per case and that tracers reach 45% of contacts and follow up with them every other day — a conservative estimate, to reflect the real-world challenges health workers face. Read full article.
As COVID-19 cases continue to surge across the U.S., the country is projected to face a staffing shortage in the healthcare industry in the next 30 days. Yahoo Finance’s Brian Sozzi, Myles Udland, and Julie Hyman discuss with Dr. Patricia Pittman of Fitzhugh Mullan Professor of Health Workforce Equity.
Contact tracers have struggled for months to manage the massive undertaking of effectively tracking and stopping the chain of coronavirus infections in the region. Now they face a new challenge: bracing for a possible explosion of cases during the holiday season with only their existing slate of resources.
As the pandemic has stretched into its ninth month and fatigue with coronavirus-related restrictions has set in, cases in the D.C. region have soared to levels not seen since the spring.
DCist/WAMU reporters spoke with local officials and public health experts throughout the region to review what they are learning about how COVID-19 is spreading through communities, and to understand how effective local contact tracing efforts have been up to this point in the pandemic. Read full article.