How St. Louis Plans To Conduct Contact Tracing, Hire More Workers

St. Louis Public Radio

On Monday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Sarah Fenske talked with St. Louis Alderwoman Cara Spencer, D-20th Ward, who chairs the city’s Health and Human Services Committee. Spencer believes 25 people are not nearly enough, pointing to guidance from the National Association of County and City Health Officials that recommends as many as 150 people working in such a capacity for a city of St. Louis’ size and demographics.

Spencer said fewer than a dozen people are employed by the city in a contact-tracing role today.

“We have to have a robust system in place,” said Spencer, who has also announced a run for mayor. “[Testing and tracing] are the two most important things we can be doing right now to protect the public health and safely reopen our economy.

This is not an attack on our health department, who is doing a fairly good job with the tools they have, but what we’re calling for is to ensure that our team, our health department, has the adequate tools they need to adequately trace the spread of COVID-19 through our community.”

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