This week we are encouraging Utahns to ask their legislators to fund two key public health measures in order to support the communities that are experiencing the coronavirus differently and at greater rates than others: community health care workers and trained contact tracers.
Yesterday we discussed the need for funding for community health care workers. Today we are looking at contact tracing and how it can benefit hotspot communities where the virus is still raging. In contact tracing, public health staff works with a patient to help them recall everyone with whom they have had close contact during the timeframe while they may have been infectious in order to prevent further spread. Read this great CDC resource to better understand the importance of contact tracing in combatting the coronavirus pandemic.
As a response to anticipated budget shortfalls, the state legislature is expected to call itself into special session as early as June to consider major budget cuts. Knowing what works to combat this disease, it is crucial that legislators hear from community members before making broad cuts to the department of health without boosting funding in these critical areas. Make your voice heard on this important issue today!
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