Olmsted County’s Contact Tracers Overwhelmed By COVID-19 Cases
Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - Olmsted County’s covid trackers are getting so swamped they can’t keep up with the surge anymore.
Olmsted County reported a confirmed total of 111 new positive COVID-19 cases Monday, continuing a streak of high daily case totals that began a week ago.
Olmsted County Public Health Services says new daily confirmed cases have nearly doubled, increasing from 67 in early November to 125 as of last Friday.
As a result, the department says it can no longer perform contact tracing for every individual who tests positive.
The department is trying to get the word out “that some cases and contacts may not receive a phone call from public health at this time.”
The department is now “asking those who test positive for COVID-19 to assist us in our efforts to keep their family, friends and co-workers healthy and safe.”
Here is the latest information from OCPH:
If you receive a positive COVID-19 test, we are asking individuals to:
· Stay home:
- For at least 10 days since you first had symptoms AND
- You have been fever free for at least 24 hours (without medicine that reduces fevers) AND
- Your symptoms have improved for at least 24 hours
· Start a list of people you had contact with beginning two days before your symptoms started to present.
- Contact those individuals on your list that you have tested positive for COVID-19 and inform them to:
- Stay home for 14 days from when they last had close contact with you.
- Seek COVID-19 testing 5-7 days from when they last had close contact with you.
Contact your employer, school or childcare about your diagnosis and specific guidance.
· Avoid contact with others, even those in your household.
· Seek professional medical care if needed, by calling your healthcare provider or 911 if it is a medical emergency.