TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)- Purdue University will be performing their own contact tracing and then sending that data to both the Tippecanoe County Health Department and the state. The Tippecanoe County Commissioners passed a Memorandum of Understanding Monday.
"Purdue will do their own contact tracing that would normally be done by the county of the state," said Doug Masson the attorney for Tippecanoe County.
Once Purdue performs, contact tracing among university student’s staff and faculty that information will be turned over to the county and the state.
"We are kind of the first step,” said Dr. Esteban Ramirez the chief medical officers for the Protect Purdue Health Clinic. “Since we are already communicating with the individuals through case managers the next step is just having a contact tracer contact them and ask them some questions to figure out who is high risk who is a low risk that they might have been with in the last couple of days."
Purdue feels that they can perform the contact-tracing better because of the resources they have.
"We know their class schedules we know who would be the highest risk contacts and so we have access to that information that the state doesn't have access to,” added Dr. Esteban Ramirez.
However, the Health Department will still be involved when positive COVID-19 cases occur.
"We will be auditing the investigations to ensure that they are done the way the health department would do them," said Khala Hochstedler Tippecanoe County Health Department Administrator,
To remain transparent the university plans on establishing a dashboard with COVID-19 information focused on the university.
"We want to have a daily dashboard so that way every day you can kind of see how are things changing is it stable is it increasing decreasing that way we can all act quickly on it, said Dr. Ramirez
The COVID-19 Purdue Dashboard will be available to the public once it’s built. So far, Dr. Ramirez says they have around 35 contact tracers just for Purdue University.