Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced a new partnership with the Fulton County Board of Health to combat COVID-19.

The $7.7 million agreement will expand COVID-19 testing to reach at least 20,000 Atlanta residents, hire more than 150 contact-tracing support staff, map demography trends to include racial/ethnic disparities and more.

“This partnership will fund an unprecedented effort between the City of Atlanta and the Fulton County Board of Health to save lives and prevent the spread of this deadly virus,” Bottoms said. “Thank you to our partners for what will be a monumental step closer to flattening the curve in Atlanta.”

In addition to expanding testing, contact tracing, and data collection, the agreement will improve access to critical resources—including food and medicine delivery for those in quarantine; expand public health communications and educational marketing to promote testing; and, identify social impacts in communities disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

FILE – In this Tuesday, July 14, 2020 file photo, a student wearing a mask has his temperature checked by a teacher before entering a school for summer classes in Texas. On Friday, July 31, 2020, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly asserting that infrared thermometers, which are held near the forehead to scan body temperature without direct contact, point an infrared light directly at the brain’s pineal gland, exposing it to harmful radiation. Infrared thermometers don’t emit radiation into the brain; they sense heat emitted by the body. They pose no risk to the pineal gland, which is located deep within the brain, according to Dr. Haris Sair, director of neuroradiology at Johns Hopkins University. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

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