Contact tracing is how the health department follows the spread of COVID-19 in the community.
You may get a call from a COVID-19 contact tracer at the health department. Please answer the call. The conversation will be confidential, and your information will only be seen by health professionals.
If the health department tells you that you were around somebody with COVID-19, stay away from other people in case you are infected. The contact tracer will talk with you about how long to stay home, testing options, and symptoms to look for.
If you test positive for COVID-19, the health department may call to see how you’re doing, discuss how long to stay home, and ask you about your recent contacts. “Contacts” are all the people who you have been around for the two days before you felt sick or tested positive, and for at least ten days afterwards. Think about every person who you have been around during that time. This might include people you live or stay with, friends, family, coworkers, classmates, and teachers. Let them know that they might have been exposed to COVID-19, and may get a call from the health department. They should stay away from other people in case they are infected.