PEORIA (WEEK) -- The tri-county area of Peoria, Woodford, and Tazewell counties added more than a hundred new cases of COVID-19 Thursday.
With all those new cases, contact tracing is proving to be quite a challenge for local health departments.
The Peoria City/County Health Department says some people aren't isolating properly, and others just won't help in the effort to learn who else might be exposed.
PCCHD Administrator Monica Hendrickson says small gatherings are part of the surge.
Hendrickson says small gatherings are part of the surge, and people aren't isolating while they wait for their COVID-19 test results, potentially exposing others.
Another challenge is getting people to cooperate.
"We don't necessarily care who you are with and why you are with them," Hendrickson explained, "We just want to understand who that person was, how we can contact them, and get them to quarantine as soon as possible. The last thing we want to do is get anyone in trouble. We just need that information to get ahead of this virus."
Hendrickson asks people to please answer the contact tracer's phone call. It usually will be a 312 area code. If you miss it, call back as soon as possible.