September 18, 2020 at 12:17 AM EDT
Contact-tracing challenges harm D.C.’s efforts to regulate virus’s unfold, well being officers say
An absence of info from some D.C. residents who take a look at optimistic for the novel coronavirus is hurting the town’s efforts to corral the virus’s unfold, officers mentioned Thursday.
Six months after the primary confirmed case within the nation’s capital, the town launched new statistics demonstrating challenges involved tracing and containing the coronavirus. While infections in D.C. are far under their peak, officers say those that grow to be contaminated are typically hesitant to offer particulars that might stop future transmissions.
Figures launched Thursday point out the town has reached three-quarters of newly infectious folks for interviews about their actions and social exposures, however 58 p.c had been interviewed inside three days of a optimistic take a look at. Speedy interviews are important to establish folks uncovered to the virus earlier than they may unfold it, consultants say.
By Fenit Nirappil and Ovetta Wiggins