Availability, focus on COVID-19 numbers shifted over time in Nebraska

The Douglas County Health Department, like those across the state, was trying to keep up with contact tracing, which was important in identifying the risk the virus posed to the population. That risk, in turn, drives public health mitigation efforts, such as closing bars and requiring masking. At one point, Frederick said, the county was receiving thousands of new cases a day. Frederick was overseeing nearly 50 of the county’s own contact tracers, and the department had a contract with a firm in Omaha that could supply between 200 and 400 contact tracers at a time.