Iowa contact tracing declines as COVID-19 increases

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More and more counties in Iowa are deciding to quit smoking with COVID-19 contact tracing efforts.

Driving the news: In the past two weeks, Johnson and Linn counties have ended their contract research programs.

Why is this important: Tracing can help slow the spread of disease by alerting more people to potential exposures.

What they say : The rapid increase in transmission of COVID-19 makes tracing “less effective,” Sam Jarvis, of Johnson County Public Health, told the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

Enlarge: The Polk County Health Department has limited COVID-19 contact tracing to schools or cases involving children, spokeswoman Nola Aigner Davis told Axios.

  • Polk had previously ceded larger community-based research efforts to the Iowa Department of Public Health, which ended its investigations in August.

To note : There are no immediate plans to end contact tracing at Polk schools, Aigner Davis said.

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