Dodge County Public Health Falling Behind In Contact Tracing

(Juneau) Local public health officials are getting behind in contact tracing people who have contracted coronavirus. That is according to the latest weekly COVID-19 report from the Dodge County Health Department which says because of the steady increases in cases, the department’s ability to contact people who have tested positive, and follow-up with those who are in close contact, is now delayed. Officials are recommending online resources for people who have been in contact with or who have received positive tests that give instructions on isolation timelines and avoiding household exposure.

Dodge County experienced 43 deaths through the week ending November 8, including eight in that most recent week outlined in the report. To date, one death involved a person in their 20s another in their 50s and the other 41 were age 60 and up. Dodge County saw 992 positive tests over the course of the week and over 47-percent were positive.

County health officials need to see that number drop below five-percent before they can advance out of Phase One of their three-phase Safe Restart Plan, which recommends guidelines for businesses, social gatherings and community events.  Dodge County is doing well with testing capacity and personal protective equipment but hospital space, the number of cases reported and the ability to contact trace are all in the red and “of concern” to local health officials.



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