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IDPH Focusing On Contract Tracing Efforts

The Illinois Department of Public Health is working to centralize COVID-19 contact tracing efforts in order to get information out quickly and to decrease the burden on local health departments across the state. All positive cases entered into the State’s data systems associated with a cell phone number will receive an automated text message from IDPH.  


The initial outgoing text will read: IDPH COVID: There is important info for you. Call 312-777-1999 or click: https://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/community-guidance/confirmed-or-possible-covid-19.html 


Individuals who call the number in the text will be considered as “opting in” for an interview.  Public Health officials will prioritize case investigations for those who are 65 and older and are at higher risk of severe illness. 

Dr. Ngozi Ezike, Director of the Public Health Department in Illinois says the State will notify cases via text about interviewing with a contact tracer, as well as providing a link to guidance on quarantine, possible treatments, and close contact notification.” 

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