Last week we talked about how important contact tracing will be as we go forward. And this week it’s taking center stage as health officials try to keep people safe - not only from COVID-19, but from scammers too.
Basically, contact tracing is the process health departments use to identify people who have come in contact with someone who’s tested positive. They do this mainly through phone calls, but some states use texts and emails as well. Eventually, they will also be able to utilize data gathered from workplaces using contact tracing software like the program provided by EBI Workplace Health & Safety.
Check out EBI’s Screening News Weekly Wrap for details on the contact tracing stories making headlines across the country this week.
Connecticut Trying to Perfect Contact Tracing
Like most states, Connecticut is trying to get a contact tracing program up and running before an expected second wave hits. Charles Brown, the health director for the Central Connecticut Health District told the Hartford Courant that trying to create a contact tracing program right now is, “like building an airplane while we’re flying it.”
Fortunately, the state has very few cases right now, but health directors across the state are sure this reprieve will not last forever. They are working on a plan that will have all positive test results automatically uploaded into a new software application. The software will notify the health directors first, then they will be responsible for reaching out to the patient and their close contacts.
Right now, the biggest issues are recruiting volunteer tracers while trying to bring the state’s old information technology infrastructure up to date.
Kentucky Clearing Up COVID-19 Myths
Health officials in Kentucky are trying to help residents separate COVID-19 fact from fiction.
They want people to understand that contact tracing is NOT a way for the government to track your movements, nor will officials show up at your home and force you and your family to go into quarantine.
Officials also want people to know that the information collected will not be sent to immigration, law enforcement, or Child Protective Services.
Montana Warns of Scams
Scammers are already figuring out ways to profit from people’s fear. Montana’s Attorney General Tim Fox is warning people to be careful if they get a call from someone claiming to be a contact tracer.
How can you protect yourself from a fake?
- A real contact tracer will never ask you for payment of any kind
- Never give out your Social Security Number or any other financial information
- You are not required to disclose your immigration status
- Be cautious about clicking on links in emails
- Double check with your contact tracer before downloading anything
It's good information regardless of what state you live in.
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