The 21st Show

Contact Tracing in Orthodox Jewish Community


Daniel Grothe

Contact tracing, or letting people know as quickly as possible when they may have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for an infectious disease, is critical to slowing the spread of the coronavirus. Early on in the pandemic, we heard about the importance of contact tracing. But in order for it to be effective, you have to have enough tracers, and people have to be willing to pick up the phone. 

The 21st spoke to a member of Skokie’s Orthodox Jewish community and a volunteer behind an initiative to provide confidential, hyperlocal contact tracing to stop the spread of COVID-19. We talk about how she started the initiative called Community COVID Counter and how she hopes that the model can be applied to other communities as well.


Manya Treece, founder of the Community COVID Counter 


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