A Newshub investigation has found persisting issues with our contact tracing capacity, with staff during the so-called Valentine’s Day cluster at risk of burnout despite dealing with just a handful of cases.
Emergency planning documents from the February outbreak have been obtained, which show concerns were flagged about “limited resources” almost immediately.
At the peak of the outbreak, with just 15 active community cases and 160 people to follow up within a day, the majority of staff were not working sustainable or appropriate hours.
Weren’t we promised a contact tracing system that could cope with 1,000 cases a day? In fact it was the now Associate Minister of Health who said that is what we needed. And what we have is a system that struggles to cope with 16.
Thank God we are an island(s) state.