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Testing lag complicates contact tracing

Increased testing statewide is not helping decrease the number of pending results in the area. There are over 220 pending tests in Door County currently and there has always been at least 100 in the queue since mid-May. Door County Public Health Manager Sue Powers says those that are tested are encouraged to stay quarantined until results arrive, which has been anywhere from three days to over a week. Powers says the lag is because the tests performed locally have to travel to two labs in Madison before results can be found.

Powers reiterated that just because a person tests positive in Door County does not mean it gets added to the local tally. While some contact tracing may be done locally to see where the individual was visiting, the person’s home county takes over the case after the positive test is received. The only exception is if the person who tests positive is a second homeowner in the area and staying local for an extended period of time.

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