Contact Tracing: Quarantine & Isolation Resources

Contact tracing is critical to our community's ability to continue limiting the spread of COVID-19. People who participate in contact tracing are actively helping to keep their community safe by helping public health officials track the virus. 

Contact tracing involves educating people who are sick so they understand why they need to isolate, making sure those people have what they need to stay isolated, and identifying additional people who may have been exposed.

SURGE PROTOCOLS ACTIVATED APRIL 15, 2021

Activating our surge protocol means that we are back to following an abbreviated protocol and will be unable to actively reach out and follow up at the highest level we would like to achieve. Our goal is to assure we make at least one contact with all persons who may have become ill with COVID, or who may have been in close contact with someone who was. We will prioritize those at greatest risk to receive the most timely follow up. We ask for persons who are ill or in close contact to reach back to us if they hear from us and to be as responsive as possible. 

Changes Due to Surge Protocol:

  • Fewer attempts by case investigators to reach out to cases (1 call/text); this means we really encourage folks to reach back if they hear from us as we may not be able to follow up more than once.
  • Prioritize immediate outreach to individuals at greatest risk (age 80+, 18 and below)

Surge Protocol Details (4.15.2021)

Public Health is facing a challenge in maintaining the level of response to COVID-19. The steep increase in cases means the amount of effort required has increased substantially at the same time that the state’s data systems (Opera/ORPHEUS/Arias) have become overwhelmed and inaccessible during regular business hours. 

Changes are made with a goal to maintain LCPH contact with all cases and contacts and to focus resources on high-risk individuals and outbreaks.  Primary reductions are to the number of outreach attempts to each individual, reduced data entry, shorter interviews and increased utilization of community based organization to support individuals in quarantine/isolation with necessary resources.

Surge Protocol summary:

·         LCPH will make 1 call/text within 24 hours and send a letter with 48 hours of notification.  (Change is reduction of 3 call attempts to 1 call attempt)

·         Case Interview Questions are focused on high –priority questions (change from standard protocol questions to high-priority questions)

·         All close contact as uploaded as the Opera system allows with emphasis on Contacts of Concern including High-Risk contacts, household contacts and school-aged contacts. (Change from All Close Contacts entered in Opera to an emphasis on contacts of concerns and data entry on others as Opera allows)

·         Business, school and congregate living notifications – no change

·         Contact Monitoring – responsive monitoring for all with some active monitoring for high-risk contacts (reduced outbound calling to monitor throughout quarantine)

·         Community Based Organizations for wraparound service (added during surge)

·         Wrap around services prioritize food and pharmacy needs.  Respond to other needs as able.  Utilize resource guide and community based organization for individual support. (change from LCPH providing necessary supports)

·         Outbreak investigation- OHA surge list plus others determined to be high-risk (change from standard protocol)

Quarantine guidance chart for those with NO symptoms

A full 14-day quarantine period from the last day you are around a contagious person remains the safest way to reduce the spread of COVID-19.   If any symptoms develop contact us or your healthcare provider.
***Current  guidance requires a 14 day quarantine for all unvaccinated individuals.  7 or 10 day quarantines are not an option due to the high spread in Lane County and Oregon.


Guidance for Vaccinated Individuals
Keep taking all prevention steps until you are fully vaccinated.  You may need to take precautions even if you are fully vaccinated.   This may include quarantining or isolating if exposed to a person with COVID-19 or experiencing symptoms.  Please work with public health contact tracers for guidance specific to your situation.

People are considered fully vaccinated:

2 weeks AFTER their second dose in a 2-dose series, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines,
or
2 weeks AFTER a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

More information on post-vaccine guidance


 

Why am I receiving a letter from LCPH?

Every person who tests positive for COVID-19 will receive a letter explaining how to safely and effectively isolate at home for the duration of their infectious period.

When you get tested, please make sure your contact information (mailing address and phone number) are current and up-to-date. That way our letter will arrive quickly to your home.

How is Lane County addressing at-risk populations?

LCPH will identify emerging at-risk populations or geographic locations and prioritize our response accordingly. Examples include essential workers, Latinx and people of color living in our county or under-served areas of Lane County with high numbers of COVID-19 cases.

If you have ideas about groups who need outreach, please call our COVID-19 call center at (541) 682-1380 Monday-Friday with your ideas.

Patient Privacy and your Medical Information

Your medical information is protected by HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act). All staff and volunteers who are serving as contact tracers have received HIPPA training. Information collected during contact tracing is stored on secure servers that are only accessible to approved Public Health officials.

We will also not identify you as a possible exposure point when we call your potential contacts. They may be able to make an educated guess, but Lane County will not confirm that information. You may choose to identify yourself to your contacts if you prefer.

Investigation

When a contact tracer reaches out to a potential contact, they will ask several questions to confirm your identity (name, date of birth, address). They will also ask for information regarding your gender and ethnicity, as well as your workplace.

Contact tracers will also ask if you’ve had any COVID-19 symptoms, including fever, cough, shortness of breath and others. If so, they will ask when you first began feeling sick and for how long.

Finally, contact tracers will ask whether you need help accessing resources during your quarantine.

Lane County and its contact tracers will not ask for your social security number, banking details or financial information. There will be no requests for payment. If you are contacted by someone who tells you they are a contact tracer, but asks for this kind of information please do not provide that information.

Lane County and its contact tracers will not ask for your immigration status and will not share information with immigration authorities or law enforcement. The information gathered will be used only by public health officials.

Monitoring

Please review the Quick Links (below on mobile devices - above right on desktop and tablet devices) for quarantine and isolation resources.

Lane County Public Health may provide a case manager who can connect you with area non-profits and organizations to help.

This may include assistance with groceries, prescription pick-up, and infection prevention supplies (e.g., thermometers) as well as filing for unemployment, applying for health insurance, applying for utility assistance, and more.

Lane County may also be able to provide a safe place for community members to isolate.

What if I need help with resources to quarantine/isolate? (Groceries, prescriptions etc.)?

View the Quick Links to the right (below on mobile devices) or the above "Resources for Community Members" section for a list of resources.

Extreme Heat / Calor Extremo -

Safety information & resources / Información y recursos de seguridad

www.lanecounty.org/HHS