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Pima County Health Dept. focusing on contact tracing to stop spread of COVID-19

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TUCSON - The Pima County Board of Supervisors approved a plan last week to ramp up contact tracing with the coronavirus.

The process of contact tracing starts after someone tests positive for the coronavirus.

Contacts are people that the patient has been within six feet of for a period of 15 minutes or more in the two days leading up to the positive test. 

The Pima County Health Department plans to help patients identify the contacts of each case.

In addition, the county's board of supervisors is assisting by hiring 127 full-time employees to help with COVID-19 investigations. 

"Contacts are critical. It is how we believe we can change the epidemic," said Theresa Cullen, director of the Pima County Health Department.

"Contact Tracing will start very rapidly over the next two weeks within Pima County," Cullen said. "You may be called by Pima County because you have been identified by a case."

Ramón Valadez is Pima County's district 2 supervisor.

"As we move forward with hiring, these 127 people that will put us in a position to do contact tracing in a very timely manner," Valadez said.

If you are contacted by the health department, they will not require you to come into the office.

Instead, they just want to provide information on how to properly screen yourself.

Daniel McFarland

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