Llano County stops publicly reporting contact tracing of COVID-19 cases

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LLANO COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Llano County will no longer report contact tracing of COVID-19 cases to the public. Leaders told KXAN it’s because they’re not getting complete details.

Health officials stopped putting contact tracing and hospitalizations on its bi-weekly report on Monday. Right now, Llano has more than 130 active cases of the coronavirus, and close to another hundred cases are probable, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

However, that doesn’t mean contact tracing isn’t happening. The local health authority will reach out to Llano County residents who test positive to do contact tracing and will report that information to the Department of State Health Services.

County Judge Ron Cunningham says with Llano County residents getting tested in neighboring counties, that data is now going directly to the state.

“When they do that, that information does not come to Llano County. And it makes it difficult to conduct contact tracing in a timely manner,” he explained.

“We don’t want to give our community a false sense of security,” Cunningham continued.

Cunningham added the big question they are getting now is when Llano County will get access to the COVID-19 vaccine. He said they are working with the state to answer that.

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