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Senate rejects push for contract tracing written consent

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Republican-controlled Ohio Senate has rejected proposals by fellow Republicans in the House to require written consent for the state to track the spread of the coronavirus. The House would have required in-writing permission before the Health Department could undertake what is known as contract tracing. This technique allows investigators to contact people who've been in close and recent proximity to someone who tests positive for COVID-19. Senate Republicans joined by Democrats on Wednesday said the proposal went too far and could rule out people willing to allow the tracing but unable to sign a form.

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