Even though Connecticut’s COVID hospitalizations fell by more than 200 patients over the weekend and case rates return to a more manageable level, some officials say contact tracing may never be as robust as it was. at the start of the pandemic.
“Contact tracing is very intensive, not only is it very time consuming, but it’s very staff intensive,” said Dr. Ulysses Wu, chief epidemiologist at Hartford HealthCare. “I don’t mean that the state slowed down contact tracing in the middle of the omicron wave, it was more that they were really unable to necessarily have the staff to do it. So I think contact tracing is still ongoing, but it’s targeted. »