As COVID-19 cases increase in Buchanan County, the St. Joseph Health Department is falling behind with contact tracing.
According to the Missouri State Health Department, the seven-day average of COVID-19 cases in Buchanan County has increased from 15 at the beginning of September to 38 on Sept. 26.
St. Joseph Health Director Debra Bradley said her staff usually is able to contact people who test positive within one day, but the influx of cases has made it difficult to get in touch with close contacts. While it used to happen the day of notification of a positive test, the health department said it now takes four to five days.
“We try to call the businesses to let them know they have an employee, or we try to call the friend who happened to be hanging out with this person who was positive, but it might be four days or five