County to Limit Contact COVID-19 Tracing Investigations to At-Risk Groups

A vaccine is given at the Sharp Healthcare site in La Mesa. Photo by Chris Stone

San Diego County officially announced Thursday that it will follow a national recommendation to focus COVID-19 case investigations on people at higher risk of developing serious complications from the disease, such as people aged 65 and over and those living in facilities. concentration.

The county will no longer contact to identify all individuals, but will continue to support high-risk settings and case responses, a statement from Organization of Health and Human Services he said.

“COVID-19 vaccines are now widely available and the majority of the local population is now more protected because they have received all the recommended doses,” said Dr Wilma J. Wooten, the county public health officer. “Therefore, our efforts are now focused on high-risk people or people living in concentration camps, such as nursing homes, prisons and homeless shelters, and their guidance in care and treatment.”

The county launched the restricted approach last week, following instructions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which no longer provide case investigation and contact tracking for each new COVID-19 case.

The change will result in fewer case studies and contact tracking, as the new target populations represent only about 10% of the total number of cases reported, the county statement said.

“The widespread vaccination of most age groups, the increased use of rapid antigen testing and the emergence of more contagious variants with short incubation periods have allowed case investigations to be re-prioritized and contacts to be made,” Wooten said.

The HHSA reported 436 new COVID-19 infections and seven additional virus-related deaths in its latest data, while the number of patients treated for the virus increased slightly.

The number of patients in San Diego County rose to 313 from 294 on Tuesday, according to state data Wednesday. The number of these patients in the intensive care unit increased by three to 60 as of Wednesday.

Wednesday’s figures increased San Diego County cumulative totals to 742,724 cases and 5,090 deaths.

The percentage of COVID-19 tests that returned positive last week fell to 3.6% on Tuesday, from 4.4% on Friday. The county reports these figures on Tuesday and Friday. An average of 15,898 tests were reported daily last week.

A total of 1,182,653 – or 55.1% – of San Diego County residents who are fully vaccinated have received the booster vaccine, according to the agency.

More than 2.93 million – or 93.2% – of San Diego County residents aged 5 and over are at least partially vaccinated, and more than 2.58 million, or 82%, are fully vaccinated.

–City News Service, Inc.

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