Madison County Health Department ends contact tracing

MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) – Two years into the pandemic, health departments are shifting their response to COVID-19 cases.

Due to the high number of cases in Madison County and insufficient staffing, public health officials say they will no longer notify those who test positive for COVID-19.

Instead of calling everyone who tests positive, they now rely on people to view the results from their testing site and follow the guidelines already established.

“As these cases increased, it was just too difficult to maintain that level of individualized care and attention,” said Kelley McBride, public information officer for the County Health Department. Madison.

This signals a major shift in the pandemic response from public health officials moving away from universal case investigation and contact tracing, opting instead to investigate cases in high-risk settings.

They empower the public more: by trusting, they now know what to do.

“However, if people do not have access to information online, we are happy to answer their questions here at the health department. We are available, we have always been a resource, and we will continue to be a resource during the pandemic. But just that the number of cases made it very difficult to give that individualized attention,” McBride said.