California Rushes to Build an Army of Coronavirus Detectives

California Corona
(TNS) — As California hurries to reopen stores, offices, restaurants and more this week, another rush is on behind-the-scenes.

State health officials have launched an unprecedented effort to train thousands of front-line, county-level workers to act as a firewall to stop the coronavirus from roaring back this fall.

Gov. Gavin Newsom calls them his “army of disease detectives.”

Commonly known in the public health world as communicable-disease “contact tracers,” this ad hoc group will serve as community strike teams in each county, working on tight deadlines to stop individual infections from turning into major outbreaks.

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