Rise in COVID cases causes Barren River District Health Department to stop contact tracing

On Tuesday, the Barren River District Health Department announced they will no longer be contact tracing and will stop issuing quarantine orders to people exposed to COVID-19.

This does not change the fact that all individuals exposed to COVID-19 must still quarantine.

WNKY reached out to the health department to find out why contact tracing has been put on hold, according to a release, “public health resources across the state are strained due to the overwhelming number of new cases”. The health department says rapidly identifying and isolating confirmed cases remains the highest priority.

Layne Blackwell with the Barren River District Health Department said “we’re not sure if we’ll return to public health contact tracing or not. We are seeing a lot more cases coming up now, so it has been very difficult for us to interview our actual cases”.

The health department is depending on those who have c

ontracted COVID-19 to tell their family, friends, coworkers and others who they may have been in contact with. Those people are asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.

If you test positive, you should stay home, unless you are getting medical care. Members of your household should stay home too. You should also tell everyone you have been in close contact with that they may have been exposed to COVID-19. Someone with the virus could spread it for two days before they even feel sick.

If you may have been exposed you should stay home and don’t invite others inside your home. If you start to feel sick, then get tested. Even if you test negative for COVID-19 or you feel healthy, you should still stay home since symptoms could appear 2 to 14 days after exposure.

Don’t wait on a call from the health department to begin self-quarantining at home.