Highlights from Wednesday’s press conference of local leaders on COVID-19 pandemic response included a couple of takeaways.
First, when the vaccine starts to arrive locally, expected in mid-December, that’s not the end of the COVID-19 marathon.
Second, part of what it means to keep running the race means keeping track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen over the last few days. That way if you test positive, you know what to tell contact tracers.
The idea of keeping track of your own behavior, even if you have not yet tested positive, came from Monroe County health administrator Penny Caudill. She fielded a question about the followup interviews that contact tracers conduct with patients who have tested positive.
Patients are not asked if they have been in specific places, Caudill said. Rather they are asked, “Where have you been?”
Caudill then pivoted to a challenge for anyone who has not tested positive. What would you say if you had to answer the questions: “Where were you in the last four days? How many places have you been? How many people were near you without a mask within six feet? And how long is that list?”
Caudill’s caution: “If that list is more than one or two people and the people in your own household, it’s too many.” Continue reading “COVID-19 Update: Health administrator asks everyone: “Where have you been in the last four days?””