Winona asks residents to participate in contact tracing for COVID-19 virus

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WINONA, Minn. (WKBT) – The City of Winona is asking residents to participate in contact tracing to assist in limiting the spread of COVID-19.

Contact tracing is the practice of determining who may have come in contact with a person who tests positive for the COVID-19 virus.

According to a news release from City Manager Stephen Sarvi, trained public health workers and volunteers will contact individuals that may have been exposed to provide best practices, including self-quarantining for 14 days, monitoring for symptoms, and getting tested.

Due to the growing number of COVID-19 cases in Winona County, and the loosening of stay at home orders and physical distancing, contact tracers are vital in the process of helping to stop the spread of COVID-19.

“Contact tracing supports positive patients and warns their contacts of possible exposure to the disease, in order to stop the spread to additional people,” said Betsy Zeller, a public health nurse with Winona County, which is leading local contact tracing efforts.

“I call on all residents to participate in contact tracing if they are contacted by county health officials,” said Winona Mayor Mark Peterson. “This is an important tool to protect the health and safety of our community, limit the spread of COVID-19, and ensure those who are infected or exposed get the support and care they need.”

The city’s COVID-19 Community Response Team will document and communicate additional information and resources on contact tracing as they become available.

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