Minnesota health officials launch text platform for COVID contact tracing

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WINONA, Minn. (WKBT) — The crush of COVID-19 cases in Winona County and other counties has strained efforts for timely contact tracing, prompting the state to launch a new testing platform.
Since the beginning of November, Winona County has seen 955 new cases of COVID-19, including 452 new positive cases during the past week alone, according to a news release from the county’s Emergency Management Office.
A contact tracer calls individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 to ask questions about exposure and their close contacts. The tracer then calls the close contacts to inform them of COVID-19 exposure.
The Minnesota Department of Health’s new text-messaging platform will text individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 to inform them that a contact tracer will be calling them.
If you do not have a cell phone that can text message, contact tracers will call you when they can.