Posted Friday, May 1st, 2020
To reduce the spread of COVID-19 and help move Morris County towards recovery, the Morris County Board of Freeholders, in coordination with local and county health officials, is taking steps to initiate an aggressive countywide contact tracing program.
Morris County Health Officer Carlos Perez explained the program to News 12 New Jersey, which did an informative report on contact tracing.
Contact tracing involves a bit of investigative health work. Trained staff will interview people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and to try to determine who may have recently been in contact with them. They then contact those people who have been exposed and can advise them to quarantine to help prevent spreading the disease.
Typically, exposure means having been within 6 feet of an infected person for more than 10 minutes, though the contact time may be lower for people in more contagious settings, such as a hospital or medical facility.
“We want Morris County to be in the best position to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to be ready to move towards recovery,’’ said Freeholder Director Deborah Smith, explaining the county’s actions.
“Our goal is to stay ahead of the curve, to be over-prepared, and to secure the personnel we will need for this contact tracing effort while qualified public health individuals still are available,’’ added Freeholder John Krickus.