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This resource includes an animated video, social story and print overview of contact tracing in Pennsylvania. This includes information about the process of contact tracing is and why it is an important part of limiting the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. This resources also explains who contact tracers are and why they may contact you.
Contact tracing means finding out who has COVID-19 and telling anyone who was in close contact with that person while they were contagious.
Someone who is in charge of contact tracing is called a contact tracer. First, they will call you. Then they will ask if you want a text, email or to be mailed something in the future.
A contact tracer will call you for one of two reasons.
If you have COVID-19, they will ask who you have been around while contagious. If you have been around someone infected, they will tell you how to get tested, check for symptoms, and to stay home and social distance for 14 days.
Everything you tell them is private, and this process is free. So a contact tracer will never ask you for money.
If you want to make sure that the person contacting you is a real contact tracer, call 1-877-PA HEALTH.
This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.