Nevada To Expand Contact Tracing Under New Reopening Plan

Sisolak To Unveil New Strategy On Monday

Associated Press
July 29, 2020 - 5:50 am
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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada plans to expand its contact tracing capabilities as part of a new reopening plan that targets high-risk businesses rather than entire industries. 

“What we plan to do in the future is provide a level of breakdown to our county officials so that they understand businesses they might look into,” Department of Public Health administrator Julia Peek said Tuesday. “That information will be shared with licensing boards, should there be something they need to look into.”

Nevada has traced the origin of about 15% of the state’s 44,936 confirmed virus cases. 

The other 85% were tested for reasons other than contact tracing — because their doctors referred them or because they displayed symptoms.

Health officials and Deloitte — the subcontractor the state has hired to assist with contact tracing — plan on hiring additional staff, rolling out a mobile app and asking 25 questions to better trace the origin of cases as the state pivots to the new reopening plan, Peek said.

Efforts to identify high-risk businesses where cases originate will complement enhanced enforcement for non-compliant cities and businesses, Gov. Steve Sisolak said Monday. Nevada has not provided data to suggest a correlation between compliance and where residents contract the virus.