DC ends contact tracing as pandemic concerns wane – The GW Hatchet

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The DC CAN exposure system – a mobile phone alert for individuals that notifies them when they have been in close contact with someone who tested positive – will remain in effect.

Washington DC ended its COVID-19 contact tracing program last week after a recent adoption of home testing as the total number of cases begins to decline.

The DC Contact Trace Force, a 151-member team that has notified DC residents of COVID-19 exposures since the pandemic began, has laid off 131 employees and disbanded due to low case counts in the district. and an increase in the number of take-out cases. tests, which often go unreported. The DC CAN exposure system – a mobile phone alert for individuals that notifies them when they have been in close contact with someone who tested positive – will remain in effect.

GW’s contact tracing remains active and will continue to notify close contacts of positive cases of COVID-19, according to the GW Coronavirus Response website.

The district had a rate of 105.7 cases per 100,000 population as of Thursday, according to the CDC’s website. DC’s COVID-19 community level is also listed as “low,” meaning residents can take minimal preventative measures like staying up to date with vaccines and reminders, according to the CDC’s website.

The University recorded 137 positive cases from June 27 to July 5 and an overall 7-day case positivity rate of 5.39%, according to the GW COVID-19 dashboard.

This month, GW ended its asymptomatic testing requirement and ceased operations at the medical caravan, according to an email sent to community members. Officials said testing will still be available at 1957 E Street, Monroe Hall and Science and Engineering Hall.