Contact Tracing

Did you receive a message from a Howard County Health Department Contact Tracer? Please call us back at 410-313-6284.

Due to the increase in case volume, you may experience a delay before a contact tracer reaches out to you. If you test positive for COVID-19, you should inform your close contacts of your diagnosis and isolate at home. For more information, click here.

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How can I prepare for a call from a contact tracer?

Think About The People You Have Recently Been Around.

If you test positive and are diagnosed with COVID-19, someone from the health department may call to check-in on your health, discuss who you have been around, and ask where you spent time while you may have been able to spread COVID-19 to others. This form can help you think about people you have recently been around so you will be ready if a public health worker calls you.


MD COVID Alert is the official COVID-19 Exposure Notifications Express system of Maryland. MD COVID Alert uses Bluetooth Low Energy technology to quickly notify users who might have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 with the goal of reducing infections in Maryland.  iPhone users will be able to opt in by enabling exposure notifications in their phone’s settings and selecting Maryland as their region. Android can opt in by installing the MD COVID Alert app from the Google Play Store. MD COVID Alert is available at no cost and is voluntary. Users can disable exposure notifications at any time. 

Android users can download the app from the Google Play Store by following this link.

MD COVID Alert does not collect, transmit, or store personal information of users, and the system is completely anonymous.


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