The Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI will hire, train and manage over 300 contact tracers to track the spread of COVID-19 in Indianapolis through Dec. 31.
In collaboration with Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and Dr. Virginia Caine of the Marion County Public Health Department, the Fairbanks School of Public Health will expand contact tracing in the city.
When a person tests positive for the novel coronavirus, a trained contact tracer will begin communicating with the infected individual to begin the process of tracing everyone with which they may have had close contact. Close contacts include those who were within six feet of the infected individual for at least 15 minutes. The tracking period begins after an individual has been exposed to an infected individual.
Once everyone who may have had close contact with an infected individual has been identified, the contacts are informed of their potential exposure – while maintaining the anonymity of the person who might have exposed them.