BROOME COUNTY (WBNG) -- The Broome County Health Department explained Monday the rationale behind sending out a public health statement.
Broome County Health Department Executive Director Rebecca Kaufman explained the department only sends out alerts if the situation meets certain criteria.
"We put out an alert if we can't contact trace where someone has been during their infectious period, their infectious period is the 48 hours before their symptoms began or before their test date if they're asymptomatic," she explained.
She said contact tracing includes those called "close contacts" or people who interacted with the infected person within 6 feet for 10 or more minutes.
"If the person was not in contact with another person for 10 or more minutes, or we are able to contact everyone they have been in contact for 10 or more minutes, we don't issue the alert."
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