All GGDs have partly placed the source and contact research in the hands of corona patients, a spokesperson for the umbrella GGD confirms Friday in conversation with NU.nl after reporting by RTL News. Employees can no longer keep up with the large number of positive tests.
That is why all 25 GGDs are switching to the so-called risk-based method. For each patient, an assessment is made as to whether the person can call his / her latest contacts or whether GGD employees should help with the process.
This is the case, for example, if the person who tested positively works in elderly care or if the person comes into contact with risk groups in some other way. Employees of the GGDs will also continue to call contacts if it is estimated that the corona patient will not do this himself.
The government has repeated several times that the source and contact investigation is one of the most important means of curbing the advance of the corona virus. Chairman Ernst Kuipers of the National Acute Care Network (LNAZ), however, nuanced this week that the investigation “cannot be sustained” with the current number of infections.
GGD director Sjaak de Gouw previously spoke of a “suboptimal situation”. According to a spokesperson for the umbrella GGD, the source and contact investigation has been under pressure for some time in recent weeks. The daily number of positive tests in the Netherlands has increased rapidly in recent weeks, to nearly six thousand people this Friday.