COVID-19 Contact Tracing Ramping Up In The Valley

Automated System, More Investigators Helping Speed Up Process

Associated Press
May 19, 2020 - 5:07 am
Coronavirus tracking or contact tracing application to reduce coronavirus spreading after quarantine detecting infected people

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Health officials in Las Vegas said Monday they’ve increased the number of community disease investigators and have adopted an automated system using text and email messages to notify people who may have had contact with people who have tested positive for the coronavirus.

More than 60 investigators are now contact tracing more than 5,400 reported cases in and around Las Vegas, said Dr. Michael Johnson, community health chief at the Southern Nevada Health District.

Officials say quick identification of people exposed to the virus can help stop the spread of the contagious respiratory illness.

When close contacts are identified, health officials give people information about self-quarantining and an opportunity to enroll in the district’s confidential symptom monitoring mobile app. If someone reports signs or symptoms of illness, the district can arrange for testing.