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Scott Announces New Contact Tracing Campaign


Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott announced a new contact tracing campaign called “Baltimore vs. COVID” today. The campaign comes as a surge of COVID-19 continues in the city.

Scott says the campaign aims to get more residents to answer contact tracing calls from the city and state health departments. 

“We need people to pick up the phone and answer honestly. Don't be ashamed,” he said at his weekly COVID-19 press briefing. 

The mayor said that as of today, 603 city residents have died so far of COVID. 


Will Smith, senior manager of the city’s contact tracing program, said that contact tracing could not be successful without the cooperation of residents. He stressed that contact tracing is a secure process. 


“We are the health department, and the only reason we need this information is to help you, help your family and your friends from becoming sick and also help those that are sick,” he said. 

Contact tracers will show up on residents’ phones as MD COVID or 240-466-4488. 


Sarah Y. Kim is WYPR’s health and housing reporter. Kim is WYPR's Report for America corps member, and Anthony Brandon Fellow. Kim joined WYPR as a 2020-2021 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of The GroundTruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. Now in her second year as an RFA corps member, Kim is based in Baltimore City.
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