Hood River County Health Department Director Trish Elliott told the County Commission on Monday that the Oregon Health Authority has developed a plan for continuity in contact tracing for counties to utilize in surge conditions. Elliott said they’ve been having difficulty keeping up with contact tracing with recent increases in COVID cases. She outlined that the OHA guidance provides for less contact with people on a daily basis to allow a more manageable number for staff. Elliott says they would continue notification of positive cases and close contacts, but not on a daily basis. She added the OHA is going to assist the County with non-COVID communicable disease cases, and they are working with community based organizations to provide wrap-around services for COVID patients.