Learn About Contact Tracing

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

What is Contact Tracing?

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Kentucky is implementing Contact Tracing to help stop the spread of diseases like COVID-19 and help Kentuckians stay healthy and safe. Contact Tracing is key to safely get back to work while also kickstarting the economy.

If You Receive a Call from KY Dept. of Environmental Protection

If you are contacted by KDEP, you may not recognize the number, but it is important that you take or return the call.

• Public Health workers reach out to individuals who have COVID-19 to assess their situation, provide helpful resources, and ask about any recent in-person contacts who may have been exposed to the disease. Instructions are provided about how to stop spreading the disease and what to do until they recover.
• Recent in-person contacts are notified that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 and are offered instructions and connected to local resources.
• Individuals receive follow-up calls to see how they are doing and gather any new information.
• By following the instructions provided by Public Health workers, contacts help stop the spread of COVID-19 and save the lives of Kentuckians.

This is part of an existing process used by the Kentucky Department for Public Health. The purpose of Contact Tracing is to reduce health risks to others and protect communities from any further exposure. Resources are provided to help both individuals who have COVID-19, as well as individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19. All information gathered by Public Health workers is private and is not released or made public.

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