Too many new cases of COVID-19 to trace contacts

The Putnam County Health Department announced Thursday that the number of new COVID-19 cases in the county has made it impossible to trace contacts for anyone who may have been exposed.

In an announcement posted on Twitter, the department said a “record” number of new cases “had exceeded the ability” of the county and state health departments “to individually contact all those who tested positive. or that have been exposed to someone. who tested positive. “

According to the most recent figures available from the state’s health department, 467 people tested positive for the virus in Putnam County on Wednesday out of 1,871 who were tested that day, or about 25%. As of Wednesday, there were 2,001 active cases in the county.

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The department has advised county residents who test positive to self-isolate and notify those they have come in contact with on their own. Anyone who has been exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19 is also urged to self-quarantine, the county health department said.

The department said people who test positive should self-isolate for 10 days after symptoms appear, or 10 days after taking their positive test sample if they have no symptoms.

This article originally appeared on Rockland / Westchester Journal News: Putnam County could not contact to trace all new cases of COVID-19