CHICAGO (CBS) —  Chicago gets a $56 million dollar grant to enhance COVID-19 contact tracing efforts throughout the city.

Around 600 jobs are available, and a special emphasis is being placed on potential testers residing on Chicago’s South and West Sides, areas that are seriously affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The money is going to a collaborative effort through the  Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (The Partnership), the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, NORC at the University of Chicago, Malcolm X College and Sinai Urban Health Institute. About 85% of the monies will go to community organizations working to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and to get contact tracers in the community.

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