LINCOLN- At his daily coronavirus briefing Thursday, Governor Pete Ricketts outlined the contact tracing process in Nebraska.
Contact tracing refers to the interviews that public health teams conduct to help identify people who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. After someone tests positive, a contact tracer with the local or state public health team will reach out to them with information on safely self-isolating. According to Ricketts, under normal circumstances, there are about 30 contact tracers working statewide. To fight the pandemic, DHHS has trained 277 additional teammates to aid in the contact tracing efforts.
Their goal is to ramp up the contact tracing team to 1,000 people.