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The Daily Dose 7-1-20

Jul 1, 2020
Courtesy of MD Dept of Health

A rental assistance program launched today for Baltimore residents affected by the pandemic. Contact tracers are doing critical work, but does Maryland have enough of them? Plus, some good news for Maryland crab lovers.

Courtesy of MD Dept of Health

During this pandemic, contact tracers have been doing the critical job of tracking down people who might have come in contact with those who tested positive for COVID-19.

While the program has been expanding, there is a debate over how many tracers are needed and whether Maryland has enough.

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Maryland is starting to build a workforce of contact tracers--people who can talk to someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, persuade them to self-isolate, and ask who they've been in touch with who now may also have the disease. Tracing is as much about giving information and help in finding what someone needs to stay in quarantine … as about sleuthing out friends and connections. 

Dr. Emily Gurley of Johns Hopkins describes the skills of a contact tracer. And we ask Anne Arundel County’s health officer Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman, and nurse Karen Karnes how it works. For information on contact tracing data collection, visit this link.

The Daily Dose 4-28-20

Apr 28, 2020

The financial fallout of the pandemic is subjecting more families to food insecurity, and in Baltimore County, a patchwork of volunteers is trying to help. Plus: The dean of The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing talks about contact tracing, flattening the curve, and how front-line health care workers are bearing up under the strain.