Carney announces statewide contact tracing plan for COVID-19

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WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor Carney announced on Tuesday that the state of Delaware has entered into an agreement with nonpartisan research institution NORC at the University of Chicago to build Delaware’s statewide COVID-19 contract tracing program.

This program builds on the state’s plan to test up to 80,000 Delawareans per month for COVID-19. This is key to containing the virus, limit Delawareans’ exposure to the disease, and restart Delaware’s economy.

We’re told NORC has also partnered with the state of Maryland to perform contact tracing. Both Delaware and Maryland will share information to more effectively monitor COVID-19’s spread across state lines.

Roughly 200 Delawareans will be hired as contract tracers and support staff. Applications will be posted online in the coming weeks.

Officials say as the state scales up its contact tracing operation, 100 members of the Delaware National Guard will embed with the Division of Public Health to begin widescale, statewide contact tracing.

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