Sullivan County health officials can’t keep up with contact tracing

Wabash Valley COVID-19 updates

SULLIVAN COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Due to an increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Sullivan County, the health department on Tuesday said it will no longer be able to contact trace everyone.

Health officials said they will prioritize cases based on age and potential risk factors. Contact tracing will also be handled by the state; however there is a delay.

The Sullivan County news came less than a week after Vigo County officials made a similar announcement.

Health officials reminded the community that those who have been tested should remain home until receiving tests results. If the results are positive, patients should isolate for a period of at least 10 days from symptom onset.

Those who test positive should also notify anyone they were in close contact with during their infectious period (including 48 hours prior to symptoms). Close contact includes:

  • Being within 6 ft of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more.
  • Riding in a vehicle with someone.
  • Providing care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19.
  • Having direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them).
  • Sharing eating or drinking utensils.
  • Being sneezed or coughed on by someone with COVID-19.

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