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Contract Tracing -- The Work Continues

As hundreds, even thousands, of Maryland residents are diagnosed each day with Covid-19, health workers around the state try to interview them and offer help, ask who they’ve spent stretches of time with recently, and contact those people to warn they may have been exposed. Contact tracing can be a powerful tool to control spread of the virus, but the system is stretched. We hear about it from Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman, Anne Arundel County’s health officer and Nurse Kristy Frashure describes the tracing calls. Plus, Stephen Babcock of Techical.ly Baltimore tells us how the MD Covid Alert phone app works.

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
Melissa Gerr is a Senior Producer for On the Record. She started in public media at Twin Cities Public Television in St. Paul, Minn., where she is from, and then worked as a field producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting in Portland. She made the jump to audio-lover in Baltimore as a digital media editor at Mid-Atlantic Media and Laureate Education, Inc. and as a field producer for "Out of the Blocks." Her beat is typically the off-beat with an emphasis on science, culture and things that make you say, 'Wait, what?'