Chicago to Expand COVID-19 Contact Tracing

May 26, 2020

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) this afternoon announced a plan to expand contact tracing for COVID-19 cases. The initiative includes a Request for Proposals (RFP), in which the City has allocated $56 million in COVID-19 relief funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Illinois Department of Public Health for community organizations to train and certify a 600-person workforce to support contact tracing.

The RFP seeks organizations to apply to lead coordination of contact tracing and resource referral efforts across the city. The RFP mandates that the lead agency will be required to sub-grant 85% of contact tracing funding to at least 30 neighborhood-based organizations located within, or primarily serving residents of, communities of high economic hardship, many of which have been the most adversely impacted by COVID-19. The neighborhood-based organizations will be responsible for recruiting, hiring and supporting a workforce for an operation that has the capacity to trace 4,500 new contacts per day.