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Kentucky contact tracers overwhelmed by rising COVID-19 cases

Posted at 12:45 AM, Nov 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-14 00:45:02-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Contact tracers across Kentucky are overwhelmed by the escalating number of positive COVID-19 cases.

In Lexington, more than 1,000 new cases of coronavirus were reported this week, according to Kevin Hall, Communications Officer for the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department.

"We do everything we can to try to stay on top of the calls to make sure we're reaching people," he said, "but with so many new cases, we can fall behind just a little bit."

There are things people can do to help contact tracers, he said, like keeping notes or marking in a calendar the places they've gone and people they've seen in the last ten days.

People can also call contacts to reiterate the message of contact tracers.

"It's one thing to hear it from the government officials but then it can be an extra help to hear it from the person and the people that you're closest to," Hall said.