Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield told Congress on Tuesday that the United States has about 28,000 contact tracers, falling short of the 100,000 that are needed to track the spread of coronavirus.
Redfield said at a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing that the number of contact tracers has increased from around 6,000 in January to around 28,000 as of early June. But he said the country needs to “continue to increase in my view towards 100,000.”
“That’s going to be critical for what we’re doing,” he said.
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