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Denver's Contact Tracing
Denver Public Health is working with the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to closely monitor COVID-19 in Denver. Get the latest updates and learn more about the symptoms, complications, transmission, prevention and treatment of COVID-19.

What is Contact Tracing?

Contact tracing, coupled with rigorous testing, can counteract a potential second wave and prevent cases from spiking again. Contact tracing is part of the overall function of case management in public health. There are three main components to case management:

  • Interviews: Trained staff interview people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 to determine who they may have been in close contact with during the time they were considered to have been infectious.
  • Contact tracing: Staff then warn these individuals, or contacts, of their potential exposure as quickly and sensitively as possible. In order to protect patient privacy, contacts are only informed that they may have been exposed to an individual with the infection. They are not told the identity of the person who may have exposed them. They are offered resources and support.
  • Contain: People who have had contact with a COVID-19 positive patient are provided with education, information, and support to understand their risk, what they should do to separate themselves from others, how to monitor themselves for illness, and the possibility that they could spread the infection to others even if they themselves do not feel ill. If a contact becomes symptomatic, the local public health department can be contacted to assist them in getting tested. If the contact tests positive for COVID-19, their recent contacts will be traced and informed, too.

The process continues until everyone who has been exposed is isolated from others to reduce virus transmission. It is very important that residents help the health workers by answering the phone. Health workers will not ask any private questions about finances or social security numbers.For more information about contact tracing, visit the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment website.

The 2020 Census is happening right now! It’s your opportunity to keep our community safe and healthy by bringing in resources: health care, support for people out of work, food assistance and educational funding. As our city rebuilds from this pandemic, we will rely on funding derived from our Census count.

Census data helps Denver Health and Denver Public Health to receive federal funding that supports providing critical care to our community. If our families don’t answer their Census, this leads to missing resources and our communities being especially hard hit when there’s a crisis like the current pandemic. A full census count can help protect our families, friends and neighbors.

The Census is easy and safe; just 9 simple questions for each person in your home (even if they are not related to you). The information you provide is kept confidential by federal law, and there’s no question about citizenship or where you were born on the 2020 Census.

Respond now, whether it’s by phone, mail or online -- and get counted! For more information, visit denvergov.org/Census2020.