Last updated: August 12, 2021
|COVID-19 & Contact Tracing
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|How Contact Tracing Works
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Contact tracing is an activity that involves working with a patient (symptomatic or asymptomatic) who has been diagnosed with an infectious disease. Contact tracing identifies and provides support to people (contacts) who may have been infected through exposure to the patient. This prevents further spread of the disease by separating people who have (or could have) an infectious disease from people who do not. Contact tracing is a disease control measure that has been used by public health agencies for decades.
A contact investigator will never ask you for your social security number, financial or bank account information, or personal details unrelated to COVID-19. They will not ask for photographs or videos of any kind. They will not ask for your passwords. They will not ask for money or payment. They will ask for verification of your date of birth, address, and any other phone numbers you may have. Here are Contact Tracing Frequently Asked Questions.
In Anne Arundel County, more than 90% of positive cases are contacted within 24 hours. Through rigorous contact tracing, isolation and quarantine, the COVID-19 spread is suppressed. Isolation is for people who are already sick. Quarantine is for people who are not sick, but may have been exposed. For recommended quarantine periods, click here. For more details about isolation and quarantine, click here.
The COVID Care Coordination Program is an extension of the Department of Health’s contact tracing program. Case managers provide wraparound services including food, shelter, housing and financial assistance to COVID-positive individuals and families. Case managers help individuals recover and reduce the spread of COVID-19. For more information, call the COVID-19 Health Line at 410-222-7256.
For more about contact tracing, click here.