Rise In COVID-19 Cases Puts Strain On Contact Tracers

Allegheny Health Department Dr. Debra Bogen
Photo credit Allegheny County

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Due to the large increase of positive COVID-19 cases in Allegheny County, contract tracers are having a difficult time keeping up on each case and it is taking a little more time than normal.

Allegheny County Health Department Director Dr. Debra Bogen said on Wednesday that those who have tested positive for coronavirus are asked to stay home and isolate for at least 10 days, “and when we call you, we will give you more detail about that information.”

People who have been in close contact with a known positive case, you should quarantine for at least 14 days.

Close contact means within six feet of the person for at least 15 minutes,

Those who have been in close contact will also receive a phone call with questions and advice from contact tracers.

Dr. Bogen says it is important to the health and safety of the community that you pick up the phone and answer the “important” questions accurately.

Wednesday marked the third day in a row with over 200 new COVID-19 case.

While hospitalizations remain relatively low, that number is also slowly increasing daily.


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