Contact Tracing

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Contact tracing means calling people who may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 to provide guidance and support. As part of reopening guidelines, a county must have a robust contact tracing system that includes 15 full time contact tracers per 100,000 people and demonstrate the ability to follow on 95% of cases within 24 hours. It’s a key tool for preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. In Oregon, local public health authorities use contact tracing to prevent the spread of many types of diseases, like measles.  

Contact tracers help you stay healthy and slow the spread of COVID-19 by:

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

Contact tracers will never ask:

  • Social security number
  • Immigration Status
  • Credit card number, bank account or billing information
If someone calls you asking for this information, hang up. They are not part of our local or state public health response. 


For more information:

What to expect if you are called by a contact tracer

Oregon Contact Tracing Plan