Ministry of Health ends contact tracing

Todd PittengerJanuary 15, 2022
An overwhelming caseload prompts the Saline County Health Department to halt contact tracing for COVID-19 cases.

The organization says that if you test positive for COVID, you should follow KDHE’s isolation and quarantine guidelines and alert all close contacts that they may have been exposed.

Although contact tracing has been completed, the investigation will continue and isolation letters will be issued only upon request. Those who need an isolation letter for work are encouraged to contact the health department directly.

Due to the extremely high number of cases of residents testing positive for COVID-19, it takes more than five days for the health department to contact positive cases.

Due to these circumstances, not everyone who tests positive will be contacted by the health service. The priority now is to contact those who are under 18 or who have requested quarantine letters.

Employers should understand that due to high workload, their employees may not receive their letters in a timely manner. Employers should consider using positive test results and KDHE guidelines to determine return dates for their employees.

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