Contact tracing is the process of identifying people who may have come into contact with an individual who has an infectious disease like COVID-19. Through contact tracing, we can better understand disease transmission, prevent new infections, and help slow the spread of COVID-19.
Get tested and notify your contacts if you’re positive.
As Marylanders start to return to doing the things we’ve missed since the pandemic began, we need to do as much as we can to continue to stop COVID-19 from spreading. While vaccines are the best path forward to ending the pandemic, testing and contact tracing are still important to protect the most vulnerable and unvaccinated among us.
If you have COVID symptoms, get tested. If you test positive, notify your contacts.
Answer the call
If you see “MD COVID” or (240) 466-4488 on your phone, answer the call.
It’s one of our public health professionals calling with important news about your test result or potential exposure to COVID-19. Please, cooperate and help contact tracers by answering all the questions they ask. Contact tracers will provide guidance and help you access resources.
A contact tracer will never ask you for your social security number, financial or bank account information, or personal details unrelated to COVID-19. They will not ask for photographs or videos of any kind. They will not ask for your passwords. They will not ask for money or payment. They will ask for verification of your date of birth, address, and any other phone numbers you may have.
Contact Tracing for “At-Home” COVID-19 Tests
If you would like to be tested for COVID-19 and can’t get tested at one of your local testing sites, you may consider using a self-test. Sometimes a self-test is also called a “home-test” or an “at-home test.” Self-tests are available either by prescription or over-the-counter in a pharmacy or retail store without a prescription.
You should communicate your results to your healthcare provider, and if the result is positive you should let your close contacts know they were exposed to COVID-19.
To initiate the contact tracing process, including receiving work or school excuse and release letters, you can report your results either through the mobile app associated with your at-home test, or through the Maryland COVID Positive At-Home Test Report Portal. Log in on the portal’s home page to submit a report. If you do not have login information, you may register to create an account.
Contact Tracing Testimonials
Claudia and her husband Ben didn’t know if they would survive their COVID-19 illness. So they sat down with their 18-year-old daughter and gave her instructions on how to take care of the family— just in case.
Now fully recovered, they take every opportunity to promote the virtues of contact tracing and urge everyone to do their own part to help keep the coronavirus in check.
Watching his 7-week-old son struggle to recover from COVID-19 was one of the most difficult moments of Todd’s life. The burden of knowing he had infected his son weighed heavily on him.
Both Todd and his son have recovered from COVID-19. And Todd is especially thankful for the contact tracers who gave him the opportunity to protect his community and help prevent further spread of COVID-19.
Dr. LaRue’s Story
As a health care provider, Dr. LaRue puts her life on the line daily for her patients. When she was diagnosed with COVID-19 in March, she knew how important it was to slow the spread throughout her immigrant community.
Dr. LaRue believes it is critical to answer the call from MD COVID and provide the details needed to help slow the spread.
Additional Resources for Isolation & Quarantine
If you test positive for COVID-19, you may be eligible to receive free and potentially life-saving treatments. The key to effective treatment in most cases is to test early and begin treatment as soon as possible after any symptoms begin.