Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, West Virginia public health entities have been spearheading efforts in contact tracing to meet the state’s specific needs.
In attempts to be responsive to a continuously changing epidemic landscape, training and implementing contact tracers throughout the state has become an integral part in the fight against the spread of the virus. Through West Virginia University’s School of Public Health and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), a course was formed to do exactly that.
“Early on, since COVID-19 is a very infectious disease that was spreading through our population, it was very important for us to quickly build up our capacity for contact tracing to limit the spread,” said Dr. Chris Martin, course co-director and physician in WVU’s school of Public Health.
You know, and are probably getting very tired of, the necessary measures used to limit the spread of COVID-19: mask wearing; hand washing; physical distancing measures, which include routinely keeping a distance of at least 6 feet; quarantining if you’ve been exposed and isolating when sick. Everyone’s lives have been disrupted by COVID-19, many lives have been taken from us, and you are wondering when this will ever end.
The WVU Foundation’s Tiffany Walker-Samuels brings 14 years of fundraising experience to her new role as director of development for the School of Public Health and School of Nursing.