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What is contact tracing and why is it important?

Visit the Washington State Department of Health’s website or view the infographic below for more information.

View this infographic: What is Contact Tracing?

Contact tracing is a time-tested way to limit the spread of contagious diseases. Along with testing, contact tracing is a crucial method for slowing the spread of COVID-19. It's a basic tool of medical detective-work, aimed at keeping your family, friends and community members safe if you may have exposed them to the virus.

If you test positive or have been exposed to someone who has, health investigators known as contact tracers will reach out to help determine when you got sick and who you might have exposed. They will then work with you to let your close contacts know what precautions to take and direct you to free testing sites in King County. They will not reveal your identity nor ask about your immigration status.

It is important for everyone to ANSWER THE CALL if contact tracers reach out while conducting case investigations, which are led by the state Department of Health.

For more information, visit the Washington State Department of Health’s website.

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