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Data Collection And Support Mechanism: Contact Tracing Being Used To Help Slow COVID-19 Spread In Arizona

As Arizona works to try to slow the spread of COVID-19, there’s been an emphasis on contact tracing — the process of tracking down people who were in contact with those who’ve already tested positive for the virus.

Public health officials across Arizona are urging residents to answer the phone if a contact tracer calls, and there are requests for any new federal stimulus package to include money for more contact tracing.

However, the process is about more than just identifying people who have been exposed to COVID-19.

To find out more about it, and how it works, The Show spoke with Dr. Samantha Sabo and Omar Gomez.

Sabo is an associate professor in health sciences at Northern Arizona University, and a researcher with the school’s Center for Health Equity Research. She is also working with Coconino County’s Contact Tracing team.

Gomez is a student in NAU’s Master of Public Health Program and is volunteering as a contact tracer with the Coconino County Health Department. 

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Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.