Contact Tracing Changes, Vaccine Efforts Lead to Change in Reporting
Vernal, UT Feb. 12, 2021 – To assist TriCounty Health Department (TCHD) in efforts to vaccinate the tri-county area against COVID-19, Utah Department of Health has taken over the contact tracing of adult COVID-19 positive cases, therefore calculating the number of positive individuals per county will become more difficult for TCHD staff to maintain.
Due to changes in contact tracing and in an effort to focus on vaccinations, beginning Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, TCHD will no longer be separating COVID-19 case counts by county or reporting local testing numbers. Case counts will be separated by tri-county Jurisdiction, recovered and active. Cases will be shown week by week as well as transmission index information reflecting local death rates and hospitalizations.
All the information regarding TCHD COVID-19 can still be found on tricountyhealth.com/local-covid-update. Information on total positive and total active, total positive activity week by week, weekly local death and hospital rates and the local transmission index will continue to be reported.
Focus during this pandemic is transitioning to a recovery-response, where our efforts at TCHD are to educate and vaccinate as many people as possible. Soon vaccination efforts will be opening up to wider populations and will be a larger focus of response. Beginning March 1, TCHD will be vaccinating those 65 years old and older including those 18 years old and older with specific health conditions, which can be found on tricountyhealth.com/local-covid-update.
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