ATLANTA — The City of Atlanta and Fulton County are coming together to fight COVID-19 through more testing and contact tracing.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced a new partnership with the Fulton County Board of Health to combat COVID-19. The $7.7 million agreement will expand COVID-19 testing to reach at least 20,000 Atlanta residents, hire more than 150 contact tracing support staff, map demography trends to include racial and ethnic disparities and more.
“This partnership will fund an unprecedented effort between the City of Atlanta and the Fulton County Board of Health to save lives and prevent the spread of this deadly virus,” said Mayor Bottoms.
In addition to expanding testing, contact tracing and data collection, the agreement will:
- Improve access to critical resources— including food and medicine delivery for those in quarantine;
- Expand public health communications and educational marketing to promote testing; and
- Identify social impacts in communities disproportionately affected by the pandemic.
Fulton County remains the top county in Georgia for COVID-19 cases, reporting a total of 27,080 as of Monday afternoon. The county has also had 2,337 hospitalizations and 564 deaths from coronavirus.
Statewide, there have been 307,339 confirmed cases, 27,394 hospitalizations and 6,604 deaths.