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Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Alberto Mariani

4 May 2021

Whiteriver, Arizona, United States

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The White Mountain Apache Tribe in eastern Arizona was able to slow the spread of Covid in the community by implementing a daily routine of "contact tracing, surveillance of high-risk individuals, and vaccinations." S...

Cleveland Scene

Rachel Dissell

Claudia Longo

14 April 2021

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Cleveland failed to provide Spanish translation services even though 11 percent of its residents identify as Hispanic. The oversight is a threat to public health, especially in the midst of a pandemic. The Spanish-spe...

Connecticut Health Investigative Team

Cara Rosner

29 March 2021

Connecticut, United States

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Community health workers are a key part of Connecticut's public health response to COVID-19, particularly in marginalized communities. CHWs connect people to health care and other services, like rental assistance, hel...

The Guardian

Helen Davidson

Emma Graham-Harrison

24 March 2021

Taiwan

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Taiwan was among the first countries to respond to COVID-19 with decisive actions that contained the virus’ impact on the population. Its 2003 experience with the SARS virus provided an established infrastructure to f...

Los Angeles Times

Anita Chabria

Brian van der Brug

8 March 2021

Sacramento, California, United States

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Jesuit High School in Northern California has remained open in full for two months without encountering a single outbreak of Covid-19 amongst school attendants. While it hasn't been inexpensive, the parochial school r...

The Atlantic

Madeline Drexler

10 February 2021

Bhutan

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Despite being a small and historically underresourced nation, Bhutan has managed to contain the spread of the coronavirus and avoid all but one death from the virus during the entire duration of the pandemic thus far....

The New York Times

Ken Belson

5 February 2021

Seattle, Washington, United States

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During the NFL's 2020/21 season, "700 players, coaches and other team personnel tested positive for the coronavirus," but none of those individuals were associated with the Seattle Seahawks – the only team that lasted...

Outriders

Lola García-Ajofrín

2 February 2021

Rwanda

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Before the first case of Covid-19 was reported within country borders, Rwanda had already started preparations – including a testing strategy and contact tracing – to prevent the spread of the virus. Although resource...

Outriders

Lola García-Ajofrín

2 February 2021

Daejon, South Korea

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During the Covid-19 pandemic in South Korea, officials implemented comprehensive contact tracing strategies and mandatory hospital quarantine for those who tested positive for the virus. All services associated with c...

The New York Times

Damien Cave

1 February 2021

Sydney, Australia

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Australia's aggressive and strict protocols surrounding COVID-19 have helped the country to return to normalcy and avoid high death tolls and transmission rates, especially compared to the U.S. and Europe. Although th...

Wall Street Journal

Andrew Beaton

Louise Radnofsky

31 January 2021

United States

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Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the NFL played all scheduled games during its regular season – including the Super Bowl – by enacting strict protocols and using data to make adjustments as necessary. The league reli...

Slate

Neil Richards

29 January 2021

South Korea

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Having learned from a failed response to Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS), the South Korea government and health officials enacted a proactive and effective strategy to contain the spread of 'Covid-...

BBC

David Silverberg

22 January 2021

United Kingdom

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Quick Response (QR) codes have become a popular way to conduct contactless business, and even contact tracing, during the coronavirus pandemic. Restaurants and retail stores allow customers to order and pay by scannin...

Crosscut

Manola Secaira

21 January 2021

Taholah, Washington, United States

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In Washington state, the Quinault Indian Nation has taken an aggressive and proactive approach to control the spread of COVID-19 amongst their community, and these efforts are showing success. Using a combination of t...

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Katie Galioto

20 December 2020

Cook County, Minnesota, United States

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In Minnesota, cross-sector collaboration, contact tracing, and a focus on adhering to public health safety protocols have helped Cook County avoid an outbreak of COVID-19 cases, despite being a tourist destination. Lo...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Katherine Sypher

4 December 2020

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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A team of volunteers at the University of Arizona is helping to bolster contact tracing efforts during the pandemic by working in tandem with those who have been trained by the Arizona Department of Health Services. A...

MIT Technology Review

Cat Ferguson

30 November 2020

Guam

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To raise awareness and encourage downloads of a contact tracing app, the team of volunteers who were built the app partnered with the Guam Visitors Bureau to collaborate on a grassroots outreach campaign. Using Zoom a...

ProPublica

Annie Waldman

Heather Vogell

23 November 2020

Marietta, Georgia, United States

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Two schools in two different cities in Georgia have provided a case study for the efficacy of wearing masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In one case where masks were optional and only half of the school opted to...

Associated Press

Julie Watson

31 October 2020

San Diego, California, United States

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A contact tracing program jointly launched by San Diego State University and San Diego County is helping to combat misinformation and dispel fears for immigrants, refugees, and minorities in San Diego by employing eth...

Bloomberg

Cindy Wang

Samson Ellis

28 October 2020

Taiwan

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Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic Taiwan has recorded less than 600 cases and fewer than 7 deaths due to a rapid response from the government to close borders, introduce contact tracing and implement quarant...

New Haven Independent

Laura Glesby

27 October 2020

New Haven, Connecticut, United States

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In New Haven, colleges and universities are taking different approaches to COVID-19 testing. Some, like Yale, test students more than once a week. Others are sample testing clusters of students, whatever the method it...

Montana Free Press

Emily Stifler Wolfe

26 October 2020

West Yellowstone, Montana, United States

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Promotoras de salud is a term that describe lay Latina community members who have been trained to provide health education to community members, and it's a concept that has helped eliminate barriers and improve health...

BBC

Ed Butler

22 October 2020

Switzerland

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Contact tracing apps have received a lot of attention since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, but researchers caution they should be used in conjunction with other tactics and not be relied on to help on their ow...

Wicked Local Cambridge

Maya Jones

20 October 2020

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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East Coast universities, MIT and Harvard mitigated the spread of COVID-19 on its campuses during the onset of the fall semester and have been able to maintain low transmission numbers. "Harvard, which invited just 40%...

NPR

Elissa Nadworny

Madeline K. Sofia

Lauren Migaki

Rebecca Ramirez

16 October 2020

Illinois, United States

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When the University of Illinois reopened during the coronavirus pandemic for on-campus student instruction, efforts focused on a fast and frequent mass testing program for staff and students. Although the case numbers...

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