How Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo is leading through crisis—and leading the nation in coronavirus testing

It was around 11 p.m. on a Friday night, sometime in the early, nonstop weeks of the worsening global coronavirus pandemic, when Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo realized she needed help. Every infected person in her state was spreading the virus, on average, to four other people—a worrying rate of transmission, particularly in one of the nation’s most densely populated states.

Rhode Island’s 100 or so contact tracers were working furiously to manually trace the contacts of COVID-19 patients, but they couldn’t keep up with the fast-spreading coronavirus. “We would test people, write down all their information, put it in

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