The GGD Rotterdam-Rijnmond will conduct source and contact research differently. There will be more focused research on people who are at increased risk of spreading the virus. For the time being, other infected persons must inform their contact themselves that they are infected with corona.
With an increased risk, the GGD refers to people who, for example, work in healthcare or who often come into contact with vulnerable people. The GGD also mentions people who are infected and who have attended events of more than ten people where it was not possible to keep a distance of five feet. With them, there is already an increased risk that more people are infected.
Other positively tested people from Rijnmond are now asked to inform the people with whom they have been in contact in the past two weeks about their infection. If it subsequently turns out that these contacts are also infected, the GGD will step in again to keep an eye on so-called ‘clusters of infected people’.
The reason for the measure is the shortage of personnel. The GGDs are busy recruiting new employees. About five hundred are needed nationally. Their training lasts 4 weeks.
Carte blanche for the GGDs
Minister Hugo de Jonge of Public Health wants to help the GGDs to scale up as quickly as possible. He told the NOS on Friday that the health authorities may even use Defense personnel if necessary.
According to De Jonge, the GGDs have come under pressure because the number of people who get tested has risen sharply in recent weeks. It also appears that an infected person has an average of seventy contacts. The minister hopes that the GGD in Rotterdam will be able to carry out a full source and contact investigation again in two weeks’ time.