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Contract tracing now underway in Cook County

Jun 12, 2020 08:09AM ● By Editor

From the Cook County Emergency Operations Center - June 12, 2020

COVID-19 Contact Tracing Key Facts

If you have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, a contract tracer from the MN Department of Health (MDH) may call to inform you that you’ve been exposed. They will ask you to stay at home and self-quarantine.

  • Close contact means you were within six (6) feet of a person with COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes.

  • If so, you should stay at home and self-quarantine for 14 days, starting from the most recent day that you were possibly exposed to COVID-19. The contact tracer will inform you of the dates of your self-quarantine.

    ✓  Self-quarantine means staying home, monitoring yourself, and maintaining social distancing (at least 6 feet from others at all times).

    ✓  You should remain in a specific room separate from other non-exposed people and pets in your home and use a separate bathroom, if possible.

    ✓  If you need to be around other people or animals in or outside of the home, wear a cloth face covering. This will help protect the people and animals around you.

  • You should monitor yourself for any symptoms of COVID-19 and notify your healthcare provider if you develop symptoms. Seek medical care immediately if symptoms become severe. Severe symptoms include trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, or bluish lips or face.

    Key Actions

  • Pick up the phone when MDH calls. Contact tracing calls from any other source are not legitimate!

  • Self-quarantine for the recommended timeframe and monitor your symptoms accordingly.

  • Call your healthcare provider if you start to feel ill and you have not been tested for COVID-19.

  • Notify those who you had close contact with recently if you become ill.

  • Seek medical care if symptoms become severe.

Remember: we are all in this together!

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