Vt. health officials say contract tracing is working

Published: Jul. 8, 2020 at 7:26 AM EDT
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Vermont's health commissioner is crediting contact tracing with helping slow COVID-19 outbreaks and clusters.

Dr. Mark Levine says outbreaks will continue to be a way of life until a vaccine is available, but the fact that they're not expanding significantly is a sign the tracing efforts are working.

In Vermont, 97% of people with positive results are interviewed by contact tracers within 48 hours of their test results. Levine says in some places in the U.S. where coronavirus cases are currently surging, contact tracing is no longer even a viable strategy. He says those states are returning to mitigation efforts like stay-at-home orders.