2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-2019)
Weekly Update #27 – May 26, 2020
Mental Health Spotlight:
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation and to improve the lives of individuals living with mental and substance use disorders, and their families. Use https://www.samhsa.gov/ to find treatment centers nearby.
More About Contact Tracing
There’s a lot of talk about what contact tracing is and isn’t. Get the facts below:
• Contact tracing is a public health tool used to identify those who come into contact with people who test positive for many infectious diseases like COVID-19.
• Contact tracers work with a patient to identify and provide support to people who may have been exposed.
• The primary reason for them to call is to let you know that you may be the contact of a person who tested positive for COVID-19.
• They will introduce themselves to you, ask about symptoms and ask where you went or who you saw in the past few days. They will recommend you get tested since you were the close contact of a positive case.
• A contact tracer will never ask for your social security number or bank account information.
• Your contact information was given to the contact tracer by the person who tested positive for COVID-19.
• They will attempt to contact you by phone. If they are unable to reach you, they may come to your home.
• If you have tested positive, your contacts will not be told it was you. Your identity will be kept anonymous.
• Be honest when answering questions. Sharing names and contact information of persons who are close contacts to the contact tracer is an important way to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
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