Johnson County says close contact tracing of COVID-19 in schools ‘no longer feasible’ — what that means for kids

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With new cases increasing to record highs, Johnson County health officials have told school districts that "intensive contact tracing in schools is no longer feasible." That means that many families will no longer be informed if their child may come into contact with an infected person. File image.

Amid a record surge in COVID-19 cases, the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment has told local school districts that “intensive contact tracing within schools is no longer feasible.”

The flood of new cases, fueled in part by the highly contagious Omicron variant, has made it practically impossible for JCDHE officials and school nurses to keep up with the often time-consuming task of tracking down who an infected person may have been in contact with.