WVU in the News: Contact tracing efforts that began in Morgantown spreading to rest of state and beyond

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, West Virginia public health entities have been spearheading efforts in contact tracing to meet the state’s specific needs.

In attempts to be responsive to a continuously changing epidemic landscape, training and implementing contact tracers throughout the state has become an integral part in the fight against the spread of the virus. Through West Virginia University’s School of Public Health and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), a course was formed to do exactly that.

“Early on, since COVID-19 is a very infectious disease that was spreading through our population, it was very important for us to quickly build up our capacity for contact tracing to limit the spread,” said Dr. Chris Martin, course co-director and physician in WVU’s school of Public Health.

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