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Health departments : Interim buidance on developing a COVID-19 case investigation & contact tracing plan
  • Published Date:
    June 19, 2020
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  • Description:
    This interim guidance document is intended to assist state, local, territorial and tribal health departments develop jurisdictional plans for the implementation and enhancement of COVID-19 case investigation and contact tracing efforts.

    Content will be updated as new information is available.

    Case investigation* and contact tracing are fundamental activities that involve working with a patient (symptomatic and asymptomatic) who has been diagnosed with an infectious disease to identify and provide support to people (contacts) who may have been infected through exposure to the patient. This process prevents further trans- mission of disease by separating people who have (or may have) an infectious disease from people who do not.

    It is a core disease control measure that has been employed by public health agency personnel for decades. Case investigation and contact tracing are most effective when part of a multifaceted response to an outbreak.

    CS317074-A June 19, 2020 3:35 PM


  • Content Notes:
    I. Introduction -- II. Scaling up Staffing Roles Involved in Case Investigation & Contact Tracing -- III. When to Initiate Case Investigation & Contact Tracing Activities -- IV. Investigating a COVID-19 Case -- Box 1. COVID-19 Case Investigation Hierarchy -- V. Contact Tracing for COVID-19 -- VI. Outbreaks -- VII. Special Considerations -- VIII. Building Community Support -- IX. Data Management -- X. Evaluating Success -- XI. Confidentiality and Consent -- XII. Support Services to Consider -- XIII. Digital Contact Tracing Tools -- XI. Resources -- Appendix A—Glossary of Key Terms -- Appendix B—Tips for Locating COVID-19 Cases and Contacts -- Appendix C—Data Elements for Case Investigation and Contact Tracing Forms -- Appendix D—Tool for Estimating the Number of Contact Tracers Needed -- Parameter values used for high and low estimates.
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