Contractor picked to spur Indiana’s coronavirus tracing

(photo supplied / Indiana Statehouse)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The state will take over notifying those in Indiana possibly exposed to coronavirus infections in an action officials describe as part of their effort for easing statewide business restrictions.

The state health commissioner said Wednesday a contractor will hire 500 call center staffers who will focus on contacting people with confirmed COVID-19 infections to ask them about whom they’ve been in close contact with, then informing those people. The call center is expected to start operations on May 11.

Gov. Eric Holcomb says he’ll announce Friday how he’ll modify the statewide stay-at-home order.