Washington State Study of Using Contact Hours for Tracking COVID19 Infections

9 Pages Posted: 7 Jul 2020

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Richard Fiene

Prevention Research Center; Research Institute for Key Indicators LLC

Sonya Stevens

Washington Department of Children, Youth and Families

Date Written: May 27, 2020

Abstract

This paper presents the results of a pilot study using contact hours rather than group size to determine potential COVID19 infection rates. The pilot study clearly demonstrates the effectiveness of this new metric of contact hours which takes the size of the group as well as exposure time into account. Using contact hours may be a more effective and efficient metric for measuring the potential threat of COVID19 spread.

Note: Funding: None to declare

Declaration of Interest: Data MOU was drawn up between the senior author of the study (Richard Fiene) and the Washington Department of Children, Youth and Families to utilize the data for this study.

Keywords: COVID19, contact hours, group size, metric, measurement, methodology, child care

Suggested Citation

Fiene, Richard and Stevens, Sonya, Washington State Study of Using Contact Hours for Tracking COVID19 Infections (May 27, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3636785 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3636785

Richard Fiene (Contact Author)

Prevention Research Center ( email )

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Research Institute for Key Indicators LLC ( email )

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Sonya Stevens

Washington Department of Children, Youth and Families

United States

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