Nearly 1,400 people are being trained to help with COVID-19 contact tracing in Washington state. The state said participation is voluntary.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee outlined a state plan for coronavirus contact tracing, which is a way to monitor contacts of infected people. 

By the end of the week, nearly 1,400 people will be trained and ready to help with COVID-19 contact tracing.

The plan, according to Inslee, is to alert people who came into contact with someone infected by coronavirus within 24 hours of contact. 

“This has to be very quick,” Inslee explained. 

Contact tracers include those serving with the National Guard, Department of Licensing, and state and local health officials. 

Participation in any contact tracing is voluntary, said Amy Reynolds with the state’s

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