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Orange County officials send nurses to help schools with COVID-19 contact tracing

Voice of OC, Jan. 26, 2022

January 26, 2022

Orange County officials send nurses to help schools with COVID-19 contact tracing

UC Irvine epidemiologist and public health expert, Sanghyuk Shin, [associate professor of nursing], said in an interview Tuesday that contract tracing is one of the “bread and butter” public health response tools used in viral outbreaks – decades before COVID. “It’s an essential part of what we can do to try to reduce the spread. That said, when the rates are as high as they are now, with so many people getting COVID, I think it is realistically very difficult to achieve good contact tracing,” he said.