There is ample evidence that communities of color are experiencing higher rates of infection and mortality rates. Testing and contact tracing are important tools to use in heading off future outbreaks of COVID-19. It is critical that contact tracing efforts are appropriate to those communities experiencing greater burdens of COVID-19. Recruiting and building a new cadre of contact tracers should meet the immediate goal of addressing the pandemic, but attention could also be paid to building a public health infrastructure that supports health equity.
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