Contact Tracing

Quick Links

Answer the call to slow the spread!

Contact tracing and self-quarantining of people with COVID-19 and close contacts are critical to help slow the spread of COVID-19. There are some things you can do in the fight against COVID-19 to keep you, your family, and your community safe.

  • Pick up the phone when your health department calls.
  • Follow health department guidance.
  • Notify your healthcare provider if you become ill.
  • If you have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, 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, unless you have been fully vaccinated. People who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms. Monitor yourself, and maintain social distancing (at least 6 feet) from others for 14 days.
  • If you need support or assistance while self-isolating, please contact the Alabama Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.
  • Notify those who you had close contact with recently if you become ill.
  • Seek medical care 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.

Persons With COVID-19

If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, notify people you spent time with as soon as possible. Depending on their vaccination status and history of past COVID infection they may need to quarantine at home right away and get tested. Contacts who are fully vaccinated or those who have had COVID-19 within the previous 3 months and have recovered do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they develop symptoms. When resources allow, an employee (case investigator) from the health department may call you to check in on your health, discuss who you’ve been in contact with and, and ask you to stay at home to self-isolate. Those people that you have been in contact with may also receive a call from public health staff to provide quarantine recommendations.

The health department will ask you to stay at home and self-isolate.

  • Self-isolation means staying at home in a specific room away from other people and pets, and using a separate bathroom, if possible.
  • Self-isolation is critical to protecting those who you live with as well as your community.
  • Self-isolation helps slow the spread of COVID-19 and can help keep your friends and neighbors healthy.

Close Contacts of Someone with COVID-19

If you have been notified by someone with COVID-19 that you have been exposed, quarantine at home right away and get tested unless you are fully vaccinated or have had COVID-19 within the past 3 months with full recovery and you remain symptom-free  You may be contacted by an employee from the health department (contact tracer) to confirm that you’ve been exposed. They will ask you to stay at home and self-quarantine unless you have been fully vaccinated. People who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms.

Close contact means you were within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes. Self-quarantine helps slow the spread of COVID-19 and can help keep your friends and neighbors healthy.

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 around you.

You should monitor yourself for any symptoms of COVID-19 and notify your health department if you develop symptoms. The contact tracer from the health department will provide a number for you to call.

Resources

Here are some important resources for those with COVID-19 regarding their health:

Here are additional resources for those exposed to a person with COVID-19:





Page last updated: August 27, 2021