Louisiana hiring 700 coronavirus contact tracers, governor says

Louisiana’s efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 will also bring in new jobs.

Gov. John Bel Edwards said the state is recruiting 700 people to help with contact tracing, the process of determining who might have been expose to the virus in order to contain the spread.

Medical experts agree contact tracing is key to safely re-opening states’ economies.

Workers would be trained to call individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 and create a timeline of how long they have been contagious. They would then find out who else has been in close contact, and work to have those people tested and probably quarantined.

Edwards said to expect a update on this process on Friday, May 8.

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