Rise in COVID-19 cases taxing Anchorage contact tracing

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Health officials said a rise in COVID-19 cases is taxing Anchorage’s ability to investigate cases.

    The Anchorage Daily News reports the city and state are working to expand contact tracing abilities as local cases increase with people interacting more.

    Tracking contacts of people who have tested positive is an important tool in efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

    Anchorage Health Department Director Natasha Pineda said cases are emerging with more contacts.

    Earlier in the pandemic, people may have interacted with three to five people. But she said some now report dozens of contacts.

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