The state of Maryland has launched a robust COVID-19 contact tracing operation that will allow for increase tracking.
The state has enlisted the help of the National Opinion Research Center, which will hire and train additional case investigators. The state anticipates having 1,400 case investigators statewide.
Working with local health departments, tracers will be able to trace 1,000 cases and 10,000 contacts daily.
Governor Larry Hogan also unveiled COVID Link, the state’s data management platform, which will combine contact tracing information with medical data.
With privacy a major concern, the tracers will “ensure that all personal information is collected in accordance with regulations and guidelines to protect privacy and personal health information.” Although contacts may be told they were in contact with a COVID-19 patient, that person’s name will not be disclosed.