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COVID-19 Contact Tracing

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Disease investigations are an important way that public health officials can help prevent the spread of disease in a community. When someone tests positive for a reportable condition, such as COVID-19, that test result is reported to state or local public health officials. Local public health staff receive that report and work with the patient to identify any close contacts who may have been exposed to the disease and could become ill. This process is known as contact tracing.

Public health staff then warn these exposed individuals (contacts) of their potential exposure as rapidly and sensitively as possible. Contacts are provided with education, information, and support to understand their risk, what they should do to separate themselves from others who are not exposed, monitor themselves for illness, and the possibility that they could spread the infection to others even if they themselves do not feel ill.

A confirmed COVID-19 outbreak is defined as two or more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in a facility or (non-household) group with onset in a 14 day period with evidence of transmission occurring within the defined setting. This determination is made through a public health investigation. There does not have to be extensive spread occurring to meet outbreak definition

Privacy

The information collected about cases and contacts of cases is kept private. Larimer County Department of Health and Environment follows the following privacy practices for disease investigations:

  • To protect privacy, contacts are only informed that they may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Public Health will not share the identity of the person who may have exposed them.
  • Public health staff may provide contacts with information to understand the circumstances of their exposure – such as possible date or location of contact with a COVID-19 positive individual and level of exposure risk – as long as the information that identifies the positive individual is not divulged.
  • Public Health may ask contacts for basic information like name, address, and date of birth to confirm identity.
    • Public health officials will NEVER ask for your Social Security Number (SSN) or credit card information.
    • Public health officials will NEVER ask for a credit card number or any form of payment.
  • Public Health is required to protect the privacy of all patient and contact information it collects during contact tracing activities and use it only for authorized public health purposes.
  • Public Health will never ask for a social security number or financial information.
  • Public Health will never share or expose an individual’s health or personal identifying information to the public, the media, employers, or other persons without the individual’s permission, or except as authorized by law.
  • Contact tracing records are stored securely and maintained only for the period necessary to accomplish public health purposes for treatment, control, investigation and prevention of COVID-19.

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