Tracking coronavirus for 40 million people is an undertaking that requires what California’s Gov. Gavin Newsom calls a "tracing army."
A training program led by the University of California, Los Angeles and University of California, San Francisco will teach people how to trace and track the disease through a virtual academy. Each recruit will go through 20 hours of training, with 12 hours online and eight hours in person.
Approximately 3,000 people have been identified as tracers and are set to begin their first training course, which goes online Wednesday, Newsom said. The first phase will train about 10,000 people, with a goal of reaching 20,000 tracers.
All 58 counties in California have the capacity for tracing and have done so in the past for illnesses like measles and sexually transmitted diseases.
“Every county does some form of tracing,” Newsom said, “but new work is being done to scale the effort for the Covid-19 pandemic."
Testing has increased significantly in California with about 768,000 tests conducted so far. Newsom said an average of 25,000 tests are performed each day.