Milford Health Department has been doing contact tracing and disease investigation since the first case of COVID-19 in our community in March 2020. The department continues to utilize our Public Health Nurses to conduct case investigations and contact tracing in Milford.
When the Health Department is notified of a positive test result for COVID-19, we open an investigation which uncovers all the places and people the case was in contact with, starting 48 hours before their symptoms began. This tracing includes household contacts, workplace contacts, healthcare contacts, and other close community contacts. Based on Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) guidance, factors we consider when defining a close contact include how long a person was exposed to the sick person (generally more than 15 minutes), their proximity to one another (6ft. or less), and how sick the person was when the exposure occurred.
Health Department staff then reaches out to everyone identified as being at risk from exposure (“close contacts”) to inform them of the exposure, provide instructions for next steps, and connect the contact to resources that can support them as they watch for symptoms and reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
To learn more about Connecticut’s contact tracing program click here