A spike in new cases has put a strain on Olmsted County’s ability to trace sources of COVID-19 cases.
The county reported a seven-day rolling average of 125.1 cases through Friday and saw 875 new cases confirmed since then.
Olmsted County Public Health Services reported Tuesday morning it does not have the capacity to continue to conduct case investigations and contact tracing for every individual testing positive for COVID-19.
As a result, some people and their contacts might not receive a phone call from public health contact tracers.
“Not being able to connect with individuals who have recently tested positive means that we are asking those who test positive for COVID-19 to assist us in our efforts to keep their family, friends and co-workers healthy and safe,” said Graham Briggs, director of Olmsted County Public Health Services.
Public health officials are advising anyone with a positive COVID-19 test to stay home for at least 10 days after the first symptoms appeared and not leave until symptoms have improved over a 24-hour period. They should also say home until fever free without medication for at least 24 hours.
People with positives tests should also start a list of people they have crossed paths with since two days before symptoms emerged. Those people should be contacted and informed to:
- Stay home for 14 days from when they last had close contact with you.
- Seek COVID-19 testing five to seven days after they last had close contact with you.
Additionally, people with positive tests should contact their employer, school or childcare about the diagnosis and specific guidance.
During the quarantine period, they should avoid contact with others, even those in the same household.
Professional medical care should be sought, if needed, by calling your healthcare provider or 911 if it is a medical emergency.
“We need our residents of Olmsted County to do their part in helping us reduce the spread of COVID-19,” Briggs said. “What you do today can make a huge impact, please continue to wear your mask properly, physically distance from others and if you have any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 please get tested, stay home and contact your friends and family.”
Briggs will be providing an update to Olmsted County commissioners at 3 p.m. Tuesday. The county board meeting can be accessed online at http://olmstedcountymn.iqm2.com/Citizens/Default.aspx