Contact tracing is used by health departments to prevent the spread of infectious disease.  In general, contact tracing involves identifying people who have an infectious disease and people who they have come in contact with.  Contact tracing involves identifying people who are likely to get sick because of being in contact with those who have tested positive.  Contact tracing is an important part of Ohio moving forward as more businesses are recreation sites reopen.

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT TO HAPPEN DURING CONTACT TRACING
If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, a public health worker 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.

1. Your name will not be revealed to those you may have exposed, even if they ask.
2. Self-Isolation means staying at home in a specific room away from other people and pets, and using a separate bathroom, if possible.
3. Self-Isolation helps slow the spread of COVID-19 and can help keep your family, friends, neighbors, and others you may come in contact with healthy.
4. If you need support or assistance while self-isolating, your health department or community organizations may be able to provide assistance.
5. Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.  If your symptoms worsen or become severe, you should seek medical care.  Severe symptoms include trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, or bluish lips or face.

WHAT CAN A CLOSE CONTACT EXPECT TO HAPPEN DURING CONTACT TRACING
If you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, a public health worker might contact you to inform you that you have been exposed to COVID-19.  You should stay at home and self-quarantine for 14 days, starting from the last day you were possibly exposed to COVID-19.   The public health worker will help you identify the dates of your self quarantine.  They can also provide resources about COVID-19 testing in your area.

1. Self-quarantine, means staying home, monitoring your health, and maintaining social distancing.
2. You should take your temperature twice a day and watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and notify your health department if you have any symptoms.
3. You should also notify people you have had close contact with recently if you become ill.
4. If you need to be around other people or animals in or outside of the home, wear a cloth face covering. 
5. If you need support or assistance with self-quarantine, your health department or community organizations may be able to provide assistance.

Local health departments conduct contact tracing ever day for various infectious diseases.  If you are sick, these local health department workers(nurses and other healthcare professionals) interview you and find out who you may have come in contact with and potentially exposed to your illness. 

The Virus Lives in People
Limiting contacts means the virus isn’t able to infect other people, the virus has nowhere to live.

The Ohio Department of Health has partnered with Partners in Health, a world-renowned organization that works to protect communities.  The group will bring in needed resources to implement our plan.  With their help, Ohio will increase the number of community tracers from a few hundred to possibly nearly 2,000.

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