April 16, 2020

Around the nation: Massachusetts hires 1,000 contact tracers to call Covid-19 patients

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    In collaboration with Partners in Health, the state is hiring and training around 1,000 workers to call patients who tested positive for the new coronavirus and ask for information on people with whom they may have had contact, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Massachusetts, New York, and Texas.

    • Massachusetts: Gov. Charlie Baker (R) announced that, in collaboration with Partners in Health, the state has hired and is training around 1,000 contact tracers to call patients who have tested positive for the new coronavirus. The workers will ask the patients for information on people with whom they may have had contact. The workers then will follow-up with the patients' contacts to see whether they've experienced symptoms of Covid-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus (Bebinger, Kaiser Health News/WBUR, 4/14).
    • New York: New York City health officials on Monday said Covid-19 patients in the city who are discharged from the hospital will be sent directly to empty hotel rooms so they can isolate and avoid spreading the disease to others. The Hotel Association of New York City said it is currently in talks for an agreement that will allow Covid-19 patients to stay in rooms at its almost 300 member hotels in the city (Campanile, New York Post, 4/13).
    • Texas: Abortion providers on Saturday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a state order that has banned almost all abortions during the country's Covid-19 epidemic. Gov. Greg Abbott (R) issued the order last month. It bans all nonessential health care procedures during the epidemic, including all abortions except for those needed to protect a pregnant woman's life or health (Haberkorn, Los Angeles Times, 4/11).

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