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Iraqi immigrant Ethar Kakoz, a contact tracer for the COVID-19 virus, sits for a portrait Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, in El Cajon, Calif. Kakoz is among a growing legion of ethnically and racially diverse contact tracers hired by local health departments to bridge the cultural divide in the United States and rebuild public confidence in America's public health system. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Minority US contact tracers build trust in diverse cities

Oct. 31, 2020 11:30 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — When a contact tracer called the Iraqi woman to say her 18-year-old daughter tested positive for the coronavirus and could quarantine for free in a hotel, the woman panicked — recalling the family's terror of risking separation forever during their flight from Baghdad after a bomb...