Contact Tracing: Answer The Call - Slow The Spread
Contact tracing is key to slowing the spread of COVID-19 and helps keep you, your family, and your community safe. And we all have part to play.
For Those Who Haven’t Been Diagnosed Or Aren’t A Close Contact
Sadly, we have witnessed social shaming of people with COVID-19, and even parents of kids who have been exposed. This hurts everyone by creating more fear or anger toward ordinary people instead of focusing on the disease that is causing the problem. It can also make people more likely to hide symptoms or illness making it more difficult to control the spread of an outbreak. You can be part of the solution with your understanding, compassion and support for the individuals and families that are impacted by COVID-19.
For Those Who Have Been Diagnosed Or Are A Close Contact
Your help is critical to slowing the spread of the virus to your friends and family. Please ANSWER THE CALL and assist the Health Department. Contact tracing is used by health departments to prevent the spread of infectious disease. If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, the Indiana State Department of Health and/or the Porter County Health Department may call you to check-in on your health, discuss who you’ve been in contact with, and ask where you spent time while you may have been infectious and able to spread COVID-19 to others. You will also be asked to stay at home and self-isolate if you are not doing so already.
Your name will not be revealed to those you may have exposed, even if asked.
Contact Tracing For COVID-19 Typically Involves:
- Interviewing people with COVID-19 to identify everyone they had close contact with during the time they may have been infectious. Your name will not be revealed to those you may have exposed, even if asked.
- Notifying contacts of their potential exposure.
- Referring contacts for testing.
- Monitoring contacts for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
- Connecting contacts with services they might need during the self-quarantine period
To prevent the further spread of disease, people who had contact with someone with COVID-19 are encouraged to stay home and maintain social distance (at least 6 feet) from others until 14 days after their last exposure to a person with COVID-19. Contacts should monitor themselves by checking their temperature twice daily and watching for symptoms of COVID-19.
Contact Tracing Steps:
- Case investigation: Public health staff work with a patient to help them recall everyone they have had close contact with during the time they may have been infectious. Your name will not be revealed to those you may have exposed, even if asked.
- Contact tracing: Public health staff begin contact tracing by notifying exposed people (contacts) of their potential exposure as rapidly and sensitively as possible, not revealing the infected patient’s identity.
- Contact support: Contacts are provided with education, information, and support to help them understand their risk, what they should do to separate themselves from others who are not exposed, and how to monitor themselves for illness. In addition, they are informed of the possibility that they could spread the infection to others even if they do not feel ill.
- Self-quarantine: Contacts are encouraged to stay home, monitor their health, and maintain social distance (at least 6 feet) from others until 14 days after their last exposure to the infected patient, in case they also become ill.