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Oregon Public Health Institute responds to COVID-19 through contact tracing

A contact tracer will reach out to you if you have been infected or exposed to COVID. All information gathered is confidential and only used to learn where the virus spread and who should be notified of possible exposure.
A contact tracer will reach out to you if you have been infected or exposed to COVID. All information gathered is confidential and only used to learn where the virus spread and who should be notified of possible exposure.

With COVID-19 cases continuing to overwhelm hospitals, an Oregon nonprofit is helping counties up and down the West Coast do an essential job better: contact tracing. The Oregon Public Health Institute launched its Tracing Health program in the summer of 2020, training hundreds of new contact tracers and helping people exposed to the coronavirus get the financial help they need to be able to quarantine. Emily Henke is the executive director of the organization. She joins us to tell us more about this program and how it fits into OPHI’s overall focus on health equity.

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