What is contact tracing?

Contact tracing has been used for decades by state and local health departments to slow or stop the spread of infectious diseases.

Contact tracing slows the spread of COVID-19 by

  • 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 of someone with COVID-19

During contact tracing, the health department staff will not ask you for

  • Money
  • Social Security number
  • Bank account information
  • Salary information
  • Credit card numbers

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1. What is contact tracing?
2. Who is considered a close contact to someone with COVID-19?
3. Am I considered a close contact if I was wearing a mask?
4. If I am a close contact, will I be tested for COVID-19?
5. What will happen during contact tracing if I am diagnosed with COVID-19?
6. What will happen during contact tracing if I have been around someone with COVID-19?
7. I was around someone who has COVID-19, and my COVID-19 test came back negative. Do I still need to quarantine for 14 days after I was last exposed?
8. I was recently around someone who has COVID-19, but I feel fine. Why should I stay home?
9. What if I have been around someone who was identified as a close contact?
10. I tested positive for COVID-19, when will someone contact me?