Lag Time For Test Results Hinders Contact Tracing

North Central Public Health District Health Officer Dr. Mimi McDonell says the lag time to receive COVID-19 test results back can hinder contact tracing efforts.  McDonell points out that when it takes seven to ten days to get test results back, it makes it difficult to find close contacts.  McDonell did say the district has been able to hire people to help with contact tracing, so they are in a good position in that regard.  McDonell said Wasco County was now at 152 positive COVID-19 cases as of Thursday morning, up two from yesterday’s count.

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