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City of Racine: Can't keep up with contact tracing, will prioritize cases

Posted at 10:17 PM, Nov 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-05 23:17:53-05

CITY OF RACINE — With a record number of COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin, one city says it can’t keep up with contact tracing. The City of Racine says they are being forced to prioritize their contact tracing moving forward.

Racine Health Administrator Dottie-Kay Bowersox says “I’ve got 39 individuals that are working on Covid and we just simply can’t keep up with the number of positives that we are receiving.”

From now on the Health Department says they will prioritize this way.

· Age 65 and older

· Children who are 18 years old and younger

· Individuals residing in congregate living environments

· All other individuals will be contacted as capacity allows

This move comes a week after the city said it would start cracking down on violators of the “Safer Racine” order. Bowersox reports that 4 citations have been handed out. 3 for mask ordinance violations and 1 for a business violation.

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