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What is contact tracing?

Contact tracing is a simple, confidential process that has been used by public health departments for decades to slow the spread of infectious diseases and reduce outbreaks. You can do your part by answering the call and sharing with the health department where you have been and the people you have been around while you were infectious.

The call will come from “LA Public Health” or 1-833-641-0305. The people you tell the health department about will be contacted, but not be told your name or contact information, so they may also stay home and help prevent others from getting sick.

The health department will never ask you about your immigration status or other personal information unrelated to your health. Contact tracers may also help connect you with services or COVID-19 testing if you are unable to do so on your own.

Source: Los Angeles County, LA Public Health

This article was written and edited by the Tayo editorial desk and has been reviewed by an independent panel of subject matter experts.

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