KEYSTONE – With only a few days left to change Summit County’s new coronaviruses to prevent additional restrictions, local public health officials are working hard to stop the spread of the virus.
At a virtual COVID-19 forum hosted by the Summit Chamber of Commerce on Friday, October 30, Summit County public health officials gave an update on what they’re doing and what’s plus. Copper can be made to help improve the seed’s coronavirus count.
One of the key parts of the COVID-19 response is contact monitoring. Lauren Gilbert, the county’s top liaison tracker, said the team has spent more than 10,000 hours using the phone so far, a statistic that will increase a lot as the pandemic continues.
The contact tracker and the people they talk to will play an important role next week as the county tries to improve the numbers to avoid a one-level drop on the state COVID-19 dial.
County contact tracking devices work to map the spread of the virus by identifying people with positive test results and identifying their close contacts who are within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more.
While the process will take about 24 hours per case, the team will experience delays when people don’t receive information, Gilbert said.
“What really helps us be productive is if the people are coming in the first time we contact them so we don’t have to go back and review the cases,” she said.
Employers and business owners also have a role to play in the contact tracking process, says Gilbert. Sometimes an employer may learn about a positive case before public health does, in which case the liaison team recommends the employer to contact public health. .
“When we contact (businesses), we often need to confirm information such as schedule and contact information,” she said. “The fact that your staff provides that information really helps us to be effective in the investigation process.”
If a business owner or employer contacts a public health department about active cases in their workplace, the contact tracking team may send them a spreadsheet to complete. “This will save you time,” said Gilbert.
Most of the county’s cases come from hotels and the food and drink, says Gilbert. As the pandemic continues, it is especially important for businesses to follow established principles in the public health order and in the form of a physical balance protocol..
Amy Wineland Public Health Director Amy Wineland said: “We are continuing to see trends emerge from gatherings – personal gatherings, social gatherings between workers and colleagues after hours. Public Health Director Amy Wineland said.
The county plans to strengthen enforcement of the public health order, which currently limits gatherings to six indoors and 10 outdoors from no more than two groups of households.
According to numbers by Dan Hendershott, the county’s environmental health manager, the county received 455 calls to the non-emergency coronavirus complaint number, 970-668-8600, as of March 1. Those calls, 49 calls lead to warnings, says Hendershott. Since the beginning of a pandemic, the county has reported only five cessation and cancellation orders or a notice of violation of a public health order.
“Most of these things show up early at home, where people are gathering and stuff like that,” he said.
Hendershott added that the county only issued nine quarantine and quarantine orders. The number is too low because the county orders it when a person is not following the quarantine and isolation procedures.
Most people for quarantine or quarantine receive a “more informal letter,” Hendershott said.
Hendershott says the number 1 way people can help the county reduce their viral load is by following a public health order.
“There are so many things in our order that if people do, we won’t have COVIDs here in Summit County,” he said. “We also need to look more diligently in implementing what’s in the book.”
Hendershott said county officials met with the sheriff’s office and the town sheriff to discuss better enforcement of the public health order.
“(Our Protocol) will largely still start with education, unless it’s a serious breach,” he said. “If we see repeated violations, we will go straight to ticket issuance.”
Hendershott lists people clustering into groups greater than six people, businesses that do not enforce competency limits, and people who do not wear masks as examples of “serious violations”.