Mount Rogers Health District suspends COVID-19 contact tracing

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MARION, Va. (WFXR) — The Mount Rogers Health District announced Thursday that it is suspending contact tracing for COVID-19, effective immediately.

The health district says the change is due to the increasing number of daily cases in the district. Officials says they will continue to investigate all coronavirus cases, but will no longer be able to provide work notes for those in quarantine.

“Unfortunately, the number of new COVID-19 cases per day has become so high that we are forced to resort to changing our tracing practices. We have hired dozens of case investigators and contact tracers, but transmission is too widespread to be able to continue as we have been . . . We spoke with our school superintendents today and advised them to go virtual for the remainder of the semester. We hate to have to ask our schools to close because people will not take the necessary steps to stop disease transmission . . . If you have not been taking COVID-19 seriously, now is the time. Our hospital systems are being stretched beyond capacity. Our public health system is being stretched beyond capacity. It is time for the community to take this threat – a threat to all of us – seriously. Change your behavior. Stay home. Wear a mask. We are terrified of what we will see in the coming weeks and months. A vaccine is on the horizon. Please do your part and help us save lives in our community.”

Karen Shelton MD, Director of the Mount Rogers Health District

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