Toronto Public Health to stop tracing close contacts of COVID cases in the community as infections soar

Toronto Public Health will no longer reach out to close contacts of people with confirmed COVID-19 infections in the community, to triage resources amid an overwhelming number of new cases in the city.

Known as contact tracing, finding and isolating those who have been in contact with people who have tested positive is seen as a crucial part of the strategy to fight the virus in clusters from the White House to local bars and restaurants.

Outside of outbreak settings, the agency will now focus on finding people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through a lab test, assessing their symptoms and determining if they can self-isolate away from others, said spokesperson Lenore Bromley in an email, Saturday.

The contact tracers may make a referral to Toronto’s new Voluntary Isolation Centre if people can’t self-isolate safely at home, she added.

But in a huge shift, they will no longer ask

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North Dakota rescinds coronavirus quarantine order for close contacts of known COVID-19 cases

Breaking from federally recommended guidelines, North Dakota will no longer require close contacts of known coronavirus cases to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Interim State Health Officer Paul Mariani announced the order was rescinded in a news release on Thursday.

“This pandemic remains a threat. Nationally, 2.9% of reported COVID-19 cases have resulted in death. While that percentage is just over 1% in North Dakota thanks to strong coronavirus response efforts at the state and local levels, cases continue to rise and our state is on track for a record number of deaths of individuals with COVID-19 in September,” Mariani said in a statement. “While this order is being rescinded, we continue to stress the importance of quarantining and isolation to bend the curve back in the right direction in North Dakota. Whenever possible, all close contacts of individuals infected with COVID-19 should avoid contact with others for 14 days past

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