Contact tracing has been consistently recommended as one of the best tools to slow the spread of COVID-19. The San Antonio area was promised a robust contact tracing department, but internal disagreements on how best to build such a team has led to the few contact tracers on staff overwhelmed by a surge of coronavirus cases.
Will the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District be able to recuperate lost time? How many contact tracers are needed? How extensive is the training process? Could a properly staffed team have curbed current coronavirus outcomes in Bexar County?
Guest: Brian Chasnoff, investigative reporter for the San Antonio Express-News
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*This interview was recorded on Monday, July 27.