Public Health Department (GGD) is carrying out contact tracing as a result of a positive COVID-19 case
The Public Entity St. Eustatius on Friday morning (August 6th) announced that the Public Health Department (GGD) is carrying out contact tracing as a result of a positive COVID-19 case that was registered on the island on Thursday evening (August 5th).
We have communicated before about contact tracing, but believe it is important to share this information once more.
What is contact tracing and how does it work?
Contact tracing is the process of identifying, assessing, and managing people who have been exposed to a disease to prevent onward transmission. When systematically applied, contact tracing will break the chains of transmission of COVID-19 and is an essential public health tool for controlling the virus.
Contact tracing for COVID-19 requires identifying people who may have been exposed to COVID-19 and following them up daily for 14 days from the last point of exposure.
Contact tracing slows the spread of COVID-19 · Letting people know they may have been exposed to COVID-19 and should monitor their health for signs and symptoms.
The factsheet gives a good outline of how contact tracing takes place and how it works.