State approaches to contact tracing: This report from the National Academy for State Health Policy, updated on December 2, explores how every U.S. state is approaching contact tracing for COVID-19 cases. The report includes state partnerships with research institutions, adjustments for case surges, workforce sizes and training, digital contact tracing apps, and more. (H/t Al Tompkins’ COVID-19 newsletter.)
KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor (December update): The newest polling report from the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Vaccine Monitor project is out this week, detailing public opinion on vaccinations, including booster shots, mandates, and more. Two notable findings: four in ten Republican adults are unvaccinated, and Republicans are less likely to report receiving a booster dose than Democrats.