Contact Tracing

The Utah Department of Health and the University of Utah Division of Public Health are partnering to hire contact tracers. These workers will conduct contact tracing of those who test positive for COVID-19 and active monitoring of individuals who may have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19.

What is contact tracing?

Contact tracing is an important part of how public health responds and stops disease outbreaks. People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 are more at risk of getting infected and making others sick. Contact tracing is how public health workers find the close contacts of someone who has COVID-19.

How does contact tracing work?

If you test positive for COVID-19, someone from the health department will call or text you about your
positive COVID-19 test result. They will ask who you have been in close contact with 7 days before you got sick. This helps them know where you may have gotten COVID-19 and who else needs to be tested for it.  This is called contact tracing.

The health department calls the close contacts and actively monitors them for symptoms, or checks to see if they get sick. They may also ask them to quarantine or self-isolate. The health department gives them important information about what they need to do next. They tell close contacts where to get tested or get medical care. They also tell them what to do to keep other people from getting sick.

Public health workers are trained to help you.

What is active monitoring?

Active-monitoring is when someone from your local health department calls or texts you one time a day to check on you and ask you how you are feeling.