Covid-19 Contact Tracing

The Board of Governors has received notice from Ledge Light Health District (LLHD), our regional health department, that with the recently identified positive cases of coronavirus at Point O’Woods, they have initiated contact tracing. Their statement below describes the purpose and process. If you are contacted by LLHD during a contact tracing  investigation, please cooperate for your health as well as the health of your family, friends, associates and POW community as a whole.

Thank You and Stay Well,

POW, Board of Governors

 

“Contact tracing is an action and intervention to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Through contact tracing, public health officials interview positive cases, provide isolation instructions, identify close contacts and advise close contacts on quarantine recommendations. Information regarding positive cases remains confidential and is only used for purposes of conducting a contact tracing investigation.

Barriers to successful and effective contact tracing include unwillingness of cases and contacts to participate or return our calls. Residents should understand that contact tracing is the responsibility of the local health department that serves the town of the positive case’s primary address. Ledge Light Health District does not receive test results for positive cases whose primary residence is outside of our jurisdiction. When we receive information on a potential cluster within our jurisdiction, we conduct an investigation in order to protect the health of the public.

Our ability to contain the spread of communicable disease is limited when residents do not cooperate. If you are a positive case, it is not enough to simply inform your close contacts and they are not in the clear once they have a negative test result. Due to the 2-14 day incubation period (the length of time from exposure to development of symptoms), close contacts must quarantine for 14 days from their last date of exposure to a positive case.

In addition, quarantine should be monitored by public health officials. With your help, we can help stop the spread of COVID-19.”

The process is described at the following website. https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/ContaCT

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