Contact tracing is an essential part of combating the spread of Covid-19. Not only do contact tracers work to discover where a person infected with the coronavirus may have contracted it, they also attempt to inform others about possible infection. But there is a lot more to the complicated work that they do.
In this episode we’ll be hearing from Annie Thomas. She’s been a nurse for about fifteen years, and currently she is the project manager for the UAA Surge Contact Tracing team. She is also the owner of Managing Me Enterprises which does retreats for teens to help them build community cohesion and resilience.
ATMI producer Ryan Danigole spoke with Annie about the ins and outs of contact tracing, the difficulties in obtaining pertinent information, how the coronavirus has affected her family, and much more.
They spoke on November 5th, 2020.
Hosted by Rowan Pickard.
Music by Devin Shreckengost and Kendrick Whiteman.
Alaska Teen Media Institute is based in Anchorage, Alaska. We would like to acknowledge the Dena’ina people, whose land we work on.
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RESOURCES FOR YOUTH DURING QUARANTINE
Center for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov/coronavirus
carelinealaska.com: Alaska Suicide Prevention and someone to talk to line: 1-877-266-4357
National Domestic Violence Hotline www.thehotline.org: 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224 or text LOVEIS to 22522
alaska211.org or Help Me Grow Alaska 1-833-464-2527 for help connecting to resources and services or for help knowing where to start.
These resources provided in collaboration with the State of Alaska, Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Behavioral Health.