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State explains why some public notices regarding COVID-19 exposure are issued

As part of it’s protocol with tracing positive COVID-19 cases in the state, the State Department of Health will periodically issue public notices of possible exposure to the virus.  The state expects these to increase as more businesses and places continue to re-open.  During a daily media briefing Monday, State Epidemiologist Dr. Joshua Clayton addressed when those public notices are warranted.

Clayton said that there are only certain circumstances where the state will issue a public notice of possible exposure.

The state has been encouraging residents also to download the CARE-19 application for their smartphones in order to help with contact tracing if they should ever test positive for COVID-19.  As of Monday, state officials reported that there had been more than 18-thousand downloads of the app, but so far none of those residents who had downloaded it had tested positive for COVID-19.

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