Health Department can’t keep up with contact tracing as COVID-19 cases soar, asks for help from community

How fast are cases of COVID-19 spreading throughout Livingston County?

So fast that the Livingston County Health Department can’t keep up with the contact tracing needed for those who are testing positive for the virus.

“We are continuing to see an increase in cases in the county,” said Matt Bolang, deputy health officer/director of environmental health at the Livingston County Health Department. “We are to the point that we are unable to effectively perform contact tracing and really need to rely on the positive cases and our local businesses to help slow the spread.”

Surrounding health departments will also be making the same decision as cases increase and capacity tightens, said Natasha Radtke, LCHD’s public information officer. “The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services just issued guidance to align its strategies and those of local health departments to balance case investigation and contact tracing efforts while balancing the demands of significant community spread of COVID-19.”

The LCHD is working on more information to release soon. Until then, a fact sheet related to the shift in health department work is below:

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