Idaho health departments behind on contract tracing

Posted at 4:51 PM, Dec 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-07 18:51:37-05

Public health officials in Idaho have reported delays in contract tracing, and have not been able to accurately report the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state as residents refuse to cooperate among a surge of infections.

The Idaho Statesman reported that the recent surge is not only straining underfunded, understaffed and overworked public health district employees, it also has slowed their ability to track the virus’ spread throughout the state. With contact tracing backlogged, Idaho’s reported case numbers are lower than reality.

Central District Health had logged 23,343 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 3,693 probable cases in Ada County as of Thursday.