Under Gov. Baker’s April 3, 2020, instruction, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has created the COVID-19 Community Tracing Collaborative (CTC). Contact tracing is a vital part of flattening and reducing the curve, and creating long-term infrastructure attacking the spread of the virus.
The collaborative includes a number of important organizations and entities working toward the common cause of better managing the virus in Massachusetts. This includes existing contact tracing efforts managed by the state Department of Public Health and executed by local boards of health in every city and town in Massachusetts.
Partners In Health, a Boston-based international medical charity with more than 30 years of experience in global health, is managing a virtual support center that will include upwards of 1,000 people when fully staffed. Student volunteers from schools of public health from a number of the state’s colleges and universities are also participating in the contact tracing effort, providing their knowledge and energy to the collaborative.