State rapidly training personnel to help with contact tracing

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The Washington State Department of Health says it is rapidly training personnel to support case investigations and contact tracing.

DOH officials said as of Tuesday, 723 National Guard members and 769 Department of Licensing employees have been training to help health officials as needed.

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“We are all in this together, and the support from the National Guard and the Department of Licensing affirms that,” Gov. Jay Inslee said. “Rapid work to track and prevent the spread of disease is an important piece of our ability to safely emerge from this pandemic.”

Case investigators help to identify and contact anyone who may have been exposed to COVID-19 by people who tested positive for the disease.

Officials said the National Guard members and DOL employees help about 630 local and state public health professionals who are already helping with the work.

The DOH said its goal is to contact everyone with a positive COVID-19 test result within 24 hours to determine their close contacts and contact all of them within 48 hours.

Officials stress the public’s participation is voluntary. Click here to learn more about case investigation and contact tracing.