Washington — As governors in some states begin rolling out plans to ease restrictions on residents’ activities and allow some businesses to open their doors again, experts and state leaders say broad testing is a key step in the road to recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. But in addition to ramping up testing, public health officials say that a robust contact tracing system will be crucial to allowing Americans to safely get back to work and school. Some states, like Massachusetts, have begun beefing up their public health workforces to conduct contact tracing and are rolling out their own programs as they look to reopening.  At the federal level, Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, and Congressman Andy Levin, a Democrat from Michigan, released a proposal last Thursday for a federal contact tracing program, which they want included in the next emergency relief package from Congress. More than a dozen public health experts, led by former Acting Administrator for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Andy Slavitt and former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, sent a letter to congressional leaders Monday recommending they allocate $12 billion to expand the U.S. contact tracing workforce by 180,000. The letter was first reported by

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