Barren River Health Will Stop Contact Tracing, Quarantine Orders On Exposed Individuals Due to Strained System
Will Rely On Positive Individuals To Ask Those Who May Meet Exposure Criteria To Self-Quarantine For 14 Days
Darren Doyle, story:
Earlier today, the Barren River District Health Department released the following statement regarding contact tracing and quarantine orders.
Public health resources across the state are strained due to the overwhelming number of cases of COVID-19. With disease incidence so high it exceeds public health system capacity, Barren River District Health Department (BRDHD) must adapt and direct resources to continue efforts to mitigate the virus's unrestrained spread.
Rapidly identifying and isolating confirmed cases remains the highest priority. Therefore, BRDHD will no longer be conducting contact tracing and issuing quarantine orders on individuals exposed to COVID-19. This change does not eliminate the fact that all individuals exposed to COVID-19 must still quarantine.
BRDHD will enlist the participation of new cases of COVID-19 to notify all family, friends, coworkers, and others who may meet exposure criteria to self-quarantine for 14 days. Additionally, due to overwhelming number of cases and strained resources, there is a delay between cases receiving their positive test result and being contacted by the health department. Individuals should not wait on a call from the health department to begin self-isolating or self-quarantining at home. Take steps to protect yourself and others including:
• Staying home for 10 days if you are a case or 14 days if you are a close contact
• Staying away from people you live with – use a separate bathroom if possible
• Not going to work or school
• Asking friends or family to drop off groceries, medicines, or supplies
More guidance on how to safely isolate or quarantine at home can be found at www.barrenriverhealth.org. If you need support or help call your healthcare provider or Barren River District Health Department at 270-781-8039.