Tracing: “Contact tracing teams are being strengthened”

Tracing: “Contact tracing teams are being strengthened”
Tracing: “Contact tracing teams are being strengthened”

«We carry out around fifty inquiries a day for cases of suspected exposure to the British variant», informs the Covid communication unit of the canton of Neuchâtel. All the French-speaking cantons are now vigilants for the new variant.

Geneva goes even further in its strategy by carrying out the “test of contact cases 5 days after” their encounter with positive cases, and this “even if they have no symptoms”, declares it DSES (Department of Safety, Employment and Health).

While some services were overwhelmed a few months ago, at present, the French-speaking cantons have the necessary manpower. “

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The contact tracing teams, which are being strengthened, will have a call capacity of up to 200 people per day. Beyond of this threshold, the process is automated to complement the work of the staff», explains the Valais public health service.

Thus, when this threshold is reached, the announcement ofs positive cases as well as tracking, isolation and quarantine are no longer done by telephone, but automatically by SMS. And positive people must fill in their contact cases via an online form. Same strategy in the canton of Friborg.

For its part, the Vaudois contact tracing now has 370 employees, the workforce having been increased at the start of the year with the arrival of 146 people. “With some 240 cases per day, the service manages to treat all cases within 24 hours”, assures the DSAS (Vaud Department of Health and Social Action).

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The DSES sums up to conclude: “We adapt according to current needs and we also anticipate future needs.”

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