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Public Health Urges Compliance With Contact Tracing For COVID-19

Rachael McDonald

Lane County Public Health is urging people to respond when a contact tracer reaches out to them regarding a positive COVID-19 test. 

The agency is experiencing a lack of compliance in about 22 % of its case investigations. Public Health spokesperson Jason Davis said the goal of contact tracing is to help prevent the spread of the virus.

“We want to make sure that that is communicated throughout our community and people feel confident in working with public health to try and zero down on these cases.” Davis said. “Again, the only reason we do contact investigations and disease investigations is to not identify people by name but rather to identify trends and to address those trends and try to isolate individuals who are currently contagious or infectious.”

Davis said if people are concerned about fraud, they can call Lane County Public Health at 541-682-4041 to confirm they were contacted by the agency.

The largest number of COVID-19 cases in Lane County is among the college age population at 71%. There has been a reduction in new cases among University of Oregon students in the past two week.

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Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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