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What is contact tracing?

WHAT IS CONTACT TRACING?

Contact tracing means providing information, guidance and support to people who may have been around someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 to help minimize its spread.

WHY IT MATTERS

Contact tracing helps stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus by making sure someone who might have the virus takes extra steps to help protect others. In Oregon, local public health authorities use contact tracing to prevent the spread of many types of diseases, like measles.

HOW IT WORKS

  • Talking with you about how to prevent the spread of the virus, including staying home or at the location provided by public health until the danger has passed. This is known as “self-quarantine.”

  • Providing health information on how to care for yourself and others if you start having symptoms.

  • Sharing resources available in your community that can support you while you self-quarantine.

WHO DOES THE CONTACT TRACING?

The Oregon COVID-19 Contact Collaborative includes the Oregon Health Authority, local and tribal public health authorities, and community-based organizations working together to stop the spread of COVID-19.


HOW DO YOU HELP COMMUNITIES AFFECTED BY RACISM AND OPPRESSION?

OHA understands how important it is to meet the different needs of all people in Oregon. COVID-19 has impacted communities affected by systemic racism and oppression more than others.

OHA is working closely with community-based organizations during the pandemic to address the uneven effects of COVID-19. Community-based organizations help us understand, reach and respond to the needs of people of color, tribal members, people with disabilities, immigrant and refugee communities, LGBTQIA+ communities, and migrant and seasonal farm workers.

HOW DO YOU PROTECT MY PRIVACY?

We want everyone to feel safe when talking to a COVID-19 Contact Collaborative team member. Your information is strictly confidential and your information will not be shared with other agencies, including immigration officials.

WHO RECEIVES A CALL?

People with a confirmed positive COVID-19 test may receive a call from their local or Tribal health authorities who are working with the Oregon COVID-19 Contact Collaborative.

People who may have been exposed to COVID-19 by someone with a positive COVID-19 test may receive a call from a member of the Oregon COVID-19 Contact Collaborative.


WHAT QUESTIONS ARE COVERED?

  • County of residence

  • Date of birth

  • Contact information: phone number, email address and mailing address

  • Occupation

  • Race / ethnicity

  • Disability status

  • Any symptoms of COVID-19

  • Sexual orientation

  • Gender identity

NOT COVERED:

  • Social Security number

  • Immigration status (Note: Information will not be shared with immigration authorities or law enforcement. Getting tested or getting treatment for COVID-19 will not affect your ability to get permanent residency in the U.S.)

  • Credit card number, bank account or billing information

If anyone calls you requesting this information, hang up. This could be someone trying to use your information for a scam.