Contact tracing is key to slowing the spread of COVID-19, the CDC provides insight on what contact tracing is and what to expect if you receive a call from your health department:

Contact tracing includes:

  • Letting people know they may have been exposed to COVID-19 and should monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Helping people who may have been exposed to COVID-19 get tested.
  • Asking people to self-isolate if they have COVID-19 or self-quarantine if they are a close contact.

Contact tracers will NOT ask for:

  • Your citizenship status
  • Money
  • Social security number
  • Bank Account Information
  • Salary Information
  • Credit Card Numbers

Contact Tracing is simply a way to see who is affected by COVID, advise them of the best measures to take, and discuss who you may have been around to notify them as well. (These discussions are confidential and your name will only be shared with those who need to know, like your health care provider). Only public health authorities can use this system.

COVID-19 app: COVID Trace

  • View the app
  • The app exchanges anonymous information with other phones in your vicinity and can notify you if you’ve come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
      • The app uses Bluetooth to exchange random codes with nearby phones.
      • Every day, it checks a list of random codes from people who tell the app they tested positive.
      • If it finds codes that match, the app notifies you that you’ve been exposed and explains what to do next.
      • The app does not know your name, who or where you are. It does not track your location; it just checks to see if there is someone nearby with other phones or devices of people who may have been exposed.