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Indiana Health Department ramping up contact tracing efforts

Two COVID survivors say it's a simple process
Posted at 7:38 PM, Dec 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-08 19:38:29-05

INDIANAPOLIS — INDIANAPOLIS — When Brent Lyle was first contacted by the Indiana Department of Health he was too sick to respond right away. “I was at a point in the sickness where I didn't want to engage with anyone. It was painful to talk because when I would breathe too hard, I would want to cough again,” said Lyle.

He was diagnosed with the Coronavirus in August. “I knew exactly where it came from,” said Lyle.

He says he got the virus from a relative who was staying at his home, But still, the Indiana State Department of Health wanted to make sure there was contact tracing. The health department reached out through email, text and phone call. Once Lyle was finally up to talking he took part.

“It was a simple set of questions. Do you know you are positive. Do you know who you have been around in X amount days since you started having symptoms. Also, have you come in contact with anyone in the last 72-hours who isn't in quarantine with you,” said Lyle.

Laricea Watson is a social worker who was diagnosed with COVID in April. She says back then she didn't get the call Lyle is talking about. “I never got a phone call just followed CDC recommendation. I called my supervisor told him I tested positive,” said Watson.

Recently there’s been a big push by the health department to slow the spread through interviewing people with COVID-19 and using that information to reach others.

“It’s almost a social or personal responsibility because we want to see people happy and healthy,” said Lyle.

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