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Michigan contact tracers 'overwhelmed' due to current surge in COVID-19 cases

Posted at 8:24 AM, Dec 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-02 08:24:19-05
(WXYZ) —

Michigan health department workers are getting "overwhelmed" with contact tracing due to the sheer amount of community spread.

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In a press conference Tuesday, Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun said although the state's abilities for contact tracing are the "highest they've been," they cannot reach out to everyone in a timely way.

She said contact tracers are able to attempt outreach to over 4,000 positive cases on a daily basis. However, the current surge in COVID-19 cases is surpassing the staff's ability to perform timely outreach to all people who test positive.

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Dr. Khaldun said the state is hiring additional staff and continuing to provide guidance to local health departments.

She also encouraged Michiganders to download the MiCovidAlert app.

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