Review: Legislators share proposals to fund development of coronavirus “containment corps”

Review: Legislators share proposals to fund development of coronavirus “containment corps”

This article discusses proposals by separate groups of members of Congress to fund the hiring of thousands of people to conduct coronavirus-related contact tracing.

This week, two separate proposals were released aimed toward creating a workforce to undertake the critical “social epidemiology” contact tracing efforts needed to safely move communities toward reopening.

Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA) and Representative Andy Levin (MI) introduced a proposal that would require the CDC develop a 30-day plan to hire, deploy, and train a “containment corps” to investigate coronavirus cases and perform contact tracing.

According to the article, the bill would

require the CDC to consult with states and localities and determine how many individuals they would need to work as case investigators or to perform contact tracing, the process of finding people who have been in contact with infected individuals and informing them so they can quarantine themselves.

It would also require the CDC to provide grants to local health departments to carry out the investigations and contact tracing, with additional funding given based on population.

Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) and Michael Bennett (CO) released a proposal earlier in the week to provide $55 billion annually “to hire hundreds of thousands of people to carry out testing, contact tracing and eventually vaccinating to fight the coronavirus.”

|2020-04-24T11:21:19-04:00April 24th, 2020|COVID-19 Literature|Comments Off on Review: Legislators share proposals to fund development of coronavirus “containment corps”

About the Author: Ross Silverman

Ross Silverman
Ross D. Silverman, JD, MPH, is Professor of Health Policy and Management at Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health and Professor of Public Health and Law at Indiana University McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. He is a member of the IU Centers on Health Policy and Bioethics. His research focuses on public health and medical law, policy, and ethics, and law's impact on health outcomes and vulnerable populations. He also serves as Associate Editor on Legal Epidemiology for Public Health Reports, the official journal of the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General and the U.S. Public Health Service. His most recent Covid-19 publications include: "Ensuring Uptake of Vaccines Against SARS-CoV-2" in the New England Journal of Medicine (with MM Mello & SB Omer), and "Covid-19: control measures must be equitable and inclusive" in BMJ (with ZD Berger, NG Evans & AL Phelan)

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