Coronavirus: Clark County health district over 300 cases behind on contact tracing

The Clark County Combined Health District. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

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The Clark County Combined Health District. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

The Clark County Combined Health District is so behind on COVID-19 contact tracing, that the district will instead send informational packets to positive cases, according to a statement from the district.

As of Monday, the district had over 300 cases that still needed to be interviewed as a result of testing positive for COVID-19, the statement said.

And the district is continuing to receive upwards of 80 new positive cases per day.

“We have hired more contact tracers, we also have regular full-time employees who are helping to contact trace on top of their normal duties, and on top of that, some individuals are working 7 days a week to try and keep with the new cases,” CCCHD Commissioner Charles Patterson said.

Even with all of those resources, Patterson said, the health district just can’t keep up with contact tracing for positive cases.

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As a way to address the backlog of cases, starting on Tuesday, the health district will be sending all cases that have yet to be contacted a packet which will include a letter informing them of their positive COVID result, education on isolation, education on quarantine for any close contacts, education on what constitutes someone as a close contact and a shortened interview that will ask the person to fill out and send back to the CCCHD.

“Now is the time to double our efforts of masking, social distancing and limiting contact with individuals who do not live in your home. Taking responsibility for your own health by leaving any place where masking/social distancing is not occurring as well as not hosting or attending parties is going to be crucial in reducing the number of new cases,” Patterson said.

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