Get and Keep America Open: Supporting states, tribes, localities, and territories
Summary of Recent Changes
Revisions were made on May 2, 2020, to reflect the following:
A general re-organization of the page content
CDC guidance for COVID-19 may be adapted by state and local health departments to respond to rapidly changing local circumstances.
Trace and monitor contacts of infected people. Notify them of their exposure.
Support the quarantine of contacts. Help ensure the safe, sustainable and effective quarantine of contacts to prevent additional transmission.
Expand staffing resources. Contact tracing in the US will require that states, tribes, localities and territorial establish large cadres of contact tracers.
Use digital tools. Adoption and evaluation of digital tools may expand reach and efficacy of contact tracers.
Resources from CDC
Resources for conducting contact tracing to stop the spread of COVID-19
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New! COVID-19 Contact Tracing Training Guidance and Resources
Download PDF: COVID-19 Contact Tracing Sample Training Planpdf icon
Preliminary Criteria for the Evaluation of Digital Contact Tracing Tools for COVID-19pdf icon
Digital Contact Tracing Tools for COVID-19pdf icon: This fact sheet describes different digital contact tracing tools for COVID-19 by primary purpose and primary user.
Principles of Contact Tracing: CDC’S Basic principles of contact tracing to stop COVID-19 transmission.
Download PDF: COVID-19 Principles of Contact Tracing bookletpdf icon
Handling Non-COVID-19 Public Health Activities that Require Face-to-Face Interaction with Clients in the Clinic and Field in the Current COVID-19 Pandemic: CDC guidance for the management of public health workers engaged in public health activities that require face-to-face interaction with clients in clinic and field settings.
Community-Related Exposures: CDC’s recommendations for community-related exposures.
Travel-Associated Exposures: CDC’s recommendations for travel-associated exposures.
Resources from Other Organizations
Content describing non-CDC tools on this site is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to indicate endorsement, actual or implied, of the tools. Additionally, information on this site is provided “as is,” for users to evaluate and make their own determination as to their effectiveness.
Other Federal Agencies
Several other federal agencies are also supporting this critical effort by providing:
National Institutes of Health
Published Journal Articles
COVID-19 Contact Tracing and Data Protection Can Go Togetherexternal icon
Epidemic Models of Contact Tracing: Systematic Review of Transmission Studies of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome and Middle East Respiratory Syndromeexternal icon
Department of Health and Human Services: Quarantine- and Traveler-Related Activities, Including Records for Contact Tracing Investigation and Notification under 42 CFR Parts 70 and 71, HHS/CDC/CCID.external icon
Private Sector, Non-governmental Organizations and Academia
Various other organizations are also supporting this critical effort by providing:
Cornell University: Contact Tracing Mobile Apps for COVID-19: Privacy Considerationsexternal icon
Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Center for Health Security: Review of mobile application technology to enhance contact tracing capacity for COVID-19pdf iconexternal icon
Massachusetts Institute of Technology: A privacy first approach to contact tracing: A system for identifying people at risk of COVID-19 infection by using the Bluetooth signals sent between cell phonesexternal icon
New! Governor’s Association and Association of State and Territorial Health Officials: Roadmap to Recovery: A Public Health Guide for Governorsexternal icon
New! Association of State and Territorial Health Officials: A Coordinated, National Approach to Scaling Public Health Capacity for Contact Tracing and Disease Investigationexternal icon
Resolve to Save Lives: Contact Tracing Protocolpdf iconexternal icon
Resolve to Save Lives: Criteria for determining when it is safe to loosen social distancing measurespdf iconexternal icon
Resolve to Save Lives: Criteria for determining when strict mitigation measures must be reappliedpdf iconexternal icon
Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Center for Health Security and Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO): A National Plan to Enable Comprehensive COVID-19 Case Finding and Contact Tracing in the USpdf iconexternal icon
Johns Hopkins School of Public Health: Recommendations for local jurisdictions to slow and stop the transmission of COVID-19.external icon
North Carolina Division of Public Health: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Contact Tracing Instructions for Non-healthcare Settings.pdf iconpdf iconexternal icon
National Association of County & City Health Officials: NACCHO Position Statement on building COVID-19 Contact Tracing in Health Departments to Support Reopening American Society Safelypdf iconexternal icon
Partners in Health: Partners in Health COVID-19 Guide: Testing, Contact Tracing and Community Managementpdf iconexternal icon
American Enterprise Institute: Steps to transition the COVID-19 response from mitigation to targeted interventions that stop transmissionpdf iconexternal icon
Wisconsin Department of Health Services: This document is intended to guide the notification of close contacts of COVID-19 cases so that they may begin self-quarantine and symptom monitoring, as recommendedpdf iconexternal icon
New! Association of State and Territorial Health Officials/National Coalition of STD Directors: Making Contact: A Training for COVID-19 Contact Tracersexternal icon. An introductory online course for entry-level COVID-19 contact tracers, for use by health agencies in rapid training of new contact tracers. The training should be augmented by state/local specific training required to orient individuals to jurisdiction-specific protocols.
National Coalition of STD Directors: Disease Intervention Specialist Certificate Videoexternal icon
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services: General contact tracing trainingexternal icon to prepare volunteers for assisting and completing contact calls for persons who have been exposed to COVID19. The training briefly describes why contact training is important and what the process of contact training calls entails.
Surveillance and Data Analytics
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Page last reviewed: April 30, 2020
Content source: National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), Division of Viral Diseases
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