contact tracing

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Kentucky is among states nationwide using contact tracing to combat COVID-19. Public health officials hope they can contain the spread of the coronavirus by contacting those who have been around an infected person.

Kentucky is using $78 million in federal CARES Act funds to strengthen its contact tracing efforts.  Through the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, 710 additional contact tracers are being hired to assist county health departments statewide.

Ryan Van Velzer

Kentucky is racing to mount widespread testing and contact tracing to manage the spread of the coronavirus with little more than a week left before restaurants reopen their dining rooms.

To date, the state has conducted more than 100,000 tests. Gov. Andy Beshear said there will be enough weekly testing in May to meet a White House official’s recommendation that states test at least 2% of the population per month.

But it’s not enough to know who is testing positive. That’s where contact tracing comes in. Contact tracing is the systematic identification of everyone who might have been exposed to a person with COVID-19.