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Merrill Public Schools adapt their contact tracing methods

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COVID-19 & Schools

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Merrill's Superintendent John Sample said they are no longer doing contact tracing in-house, instead they are relying on the Lincoln County Health Department.

MERRILL, Wis. (WAOW)-- As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the country, Merrill Public Schools are trying to keep up by changing their contact tracing methods.

Merrill's Superintendent John Sample said they are no longer doing contact tracing in-house, instead they are relying on the Lincoln County Health Department.

Sample said the move will help alleviate extra stress and work on school staff who had previously been helping the department with internal tracing measures as well as reaching out to families and students about needing to quarantine.

"We've got limited resource as it is and so when you add something like a pandemic and contact tracing and the time that it takes for administrators and administrative assistants to follow up with each one of those it is very time consuming," Sample said.

The Superintendent also said they take student and faculty health seriously and have been happy to help, but contact tracing was inhibiting staff from being able to fully do their normal jobs.

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