The process of contacting people who have tested positive for the virus, asking questions about who the person has been in contact with and where they have been, then contacting those individuals to alert them of possible contact. Contact tracing is done by the health department and helps to: stop or slow the spread of the virus, let others know about possible exposure, share information about testing and treatment, and understand more about the virus and what can be done about it.
Those who are considered a contact of someone infected will be notified by phone. Please do not hang up if a contact tracer contacts you! However, there are some people who are trying to scam people during this time. Be informed and avoid scams on Contact Tracing.
The Prince William Health District, as part of the Virginia Department of Health, needs to hire 140 contact tracers to support the local response to COVID-19.