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HSE to ask people to conduct their own contact tracing following a positive Covid-19 test due to ‘unprecedented pressure’

The HSE is to ask more than 2,000 people who received a positive Covid-19 test result last week to alert their own close contacts due to “unprecedented pressure” on Ireland’s contact tracing system. 

The HSE said it will send a text message today to between 2,000 and 2,500 people who have been informed by text of their infection, asking them to inform their own close contacts that they should restrict their movements and contact their GP “immediately” to arrange a test. 

They said its contact tracing teams have faced “unprecedented pressure” over the past two weeks.

“This step is being taken to ensures that each person receives information as quickly as possible, allowing them to be aware of their status and to take action to care for themselves, and protect others from infection,” a spokesperson for the HSE said

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