Local Health Departments Are Understaffed. Would Biden’s ‘Public Health Jobs Corps’ Help?

Route Fifty: President-elect Joe Biden is promising a revamp of the federal approach to the coronavirus pandemic, including the launch of a “U.S. Public Health Jobs Corps” to help local departments with contact tracing.

The possible increased funding and support from the federal government is welcome, local public health leaders say. But at this stage of the Covid-19 pandemic, they cautioned that focusing on contact tracing misses the reality of current on-the-ground needs and noted that, given how much effort it would take to build such a program from scratch, the time and money might be better spent elsewhere.

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