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Ohio Providing Resources For Local Contact Tracing

COVID-19 testing
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The state is continuing to build up its contact tracing infrastructure through a partnership with local health departments as health officials tout the importance of matching contact tracing with testing to fight the coronavirus.

The Ohio Department of Health says it's helping local health departments conduct contact tracing with staffing, training, IT, and communications.

Joanne Pearsol, deputy director of the Ohio Department of Health, says contact tracing is voluntary, not mandatory, but is important to interrupt the chain of infection.

"This is really about protecting people and notifying them that they've been exposed. It's not about keeping a record of where they've been or who they've been with or for how long. It's not about getting in their business it's about protecting health," says Pearsol.

Close contact is defined as coming within six feet of an infected person for longer than 15 minutes.

The state is directing funds to local health departments to hire a total of 1,800 contact tracers.

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