Chicago Names Community Groups That Will Hire COVID-19 Contact Tracers

Chicago has finally selected the community organizations it will pay federal grant dollars to help expand its network of contact tracers. The city named 31 neighborhood groups across the city that will work under the umbrella of the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, a nonprofit that specializes in jobs training skills. Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady have for months promoted plans to turn Chicago’s COVID-19 contact tracing program into a hybrid jobs training program. That plan is behind schedule. In June, the city committed to having a network of about 600 contact tracers in place by mid-September.