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Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department talks about contact tracing process

A Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department vehicle at its drive-thru flu shot and COVID-19 testing event in early October.
A Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department vehicle at its drive-thru flu shot and COVID-19 testing event in early October.(Will Thomas)
Published: Oct. 14, 2020 at 6:42 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - COVID-19 cases have been on the rise across Wyoming. The Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department dived into the contact tracing process which starts when they are informed by the state health department of a positive case in Laramie County.

CLCHD then contacts the person who has tested positive and finds out when their symptoms started. From there, the health department finds out who the person who tested positive has been in contact with and reaches out to them.

Depending on how close of contact the people may have been, they could be issued a 14 day quarantine order. The person who tests positive is given a 10 day isolation order.

“The goal is to slow down the spread of the virus. So you’ve identified those at their highest risk for contraction and transmission and then you quarantine them, so that if they become symptomatic then they don’t become spreaders themselves," said CLCHD director of nursing, Kasey Mullins.

Mullins said they have seen success in their contact tracing efforts and most people have been very cooperative. She also spoke about the two kinds of probable cases:

“Individuals that have receive a rapid test and have an antigen style test, those tests are determined as probable cases because they are not a PCR test (nasal swab type test), and then if we call close contacts that become symptomatic without a positive test, then they become a probable case,” said Mullins.

For more information on contact tracing, you can visit the CLCHD’s website here.

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