NY County Issues Subpoenas Against Contact Tracing Resisters
Rockland County, New York health officials claim that a local party caused a new COVID-19 outbreak. However, officials say that many of the attendees refuse to comply with the county’s contact tracing initiative.
Now the county will issue subpoenas to force compliance. The county has issued subpoenas once before regarding a measles outbreak. However, COVID-19 contact tracing is becoming more and more mainstream, making the issue more divisive than any attempt in contact tracing history.
Health officials claim a number of parties are linked to recent surges in COVID-19 cases. One party occurred on June 13th where health officials say the host was infected during the event. Officials say that a handful of people who attended these parties are refusing to comply with contact tracing. There will be eight subpoenas issued in total to force compliance. It’s being reported that those eight people will now cooperate with the contact tracing initiative.
As of Wednesday, Rockland County reported the largest percentage of daily positive cases at 1.2 percent. This is a much lower number than the original outbreak brought about.
Contact tracing is a highly controversial practice. Supporters say it’s one of the best ways to control community spread. Critics staunchly oppose what they call an invasion of privacy. We are likely to see numerous legal battles over the practice during the next six months to a year.
Author: Jim Satney
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