Kansas Steps Up Contact Tracing Efforts Amid Delta Wave, Hires 150 “Case Investigators”

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TOPEKA, (KSNT) – Some states cut back on contact tracing efforts after new cases fell earlier this year. Now a push to hire more is underway.

A spokesperson for the state’s health department told the Kansas Capitol Bureau that the state is on board 53 additional contact monitors and 150 case investigators this month.

“With the increase in the number of cases and the high transmissibility of the Delta variant, we will continue to recruit additional staff as needed to handle this increase.”

Spokesperson, Kansas Department of Health and Environment

It comes as Kansas and the states of the United States have experienced a wave of Delta variant cases that may soon reach its peak. Contact tracing plays a critical role in stopping the spread of the coronavirus.

The Kansas Department of Health has split the role of what some see as “contact tracers” into two roles. Case investigators are interviewing people who test positive for the coronavirus and determine who their close contacts were. Contact monitors call them and continue to monitor them during their quarantine period.

Currently, the state has approximately 60 investigators and 54 case monitors. The health department hopes to step up efforts to keep the virus under control with new hires.

“These roles play a critical role in ensuring that we identify where a COVID-19 positive person has been and who their close contacts are. When this information is known, we are able to alert possible close contacts to help stop the spread of the virus to someone else. “

Spokesperson, Kansas Department of Health and Environment

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