#WyomingTracks: Contact Tracing at Home

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Due to the nature of this disease nothing is foolproof but we believe our contact tracing efforts have been very helpful in limiting and slowing the spread in our state. Contact tracing can help identify localized outbreaks and in general to get an idea of what is going on with the disease in our community.

Dr. Alexia Harrist on Wednesday April 15th at Governor Mark Gordon’s press conference

A Simple Technology-Free Initiative

Before we start, we want you to know that our “Contact Tracing at Home” campaign is technology-free. No smartphone or internet connection is required. This initiative encourages residents of communities everywhere in Wyoming to practice contact tracing today! All you need is a pen and paper.

But, if you are on social media, we would love for you to share that #WyomingTracks by using our campaign’s hashtag to spread the word!

Let’s get started…

What is Contact Tracing?

Wikipedia describes contact tracing:

In public health, contact tracing is the process of identification of persons who may have come into contact with an infected person and subsequent collection of further information about these contacts.

Solving the COVID-19 Crisis Around the World

Stopping the Spread: Three Key Steps

Numerous countries which were able to quickly stop the spread of COVID-19 early were successful for a combination of reasons, including:

  1. They acted swiftly to put in place stay at home orders and slow the spread of the virus.
  2. They tested as many individuals as possible to determine who within their population had fallen ill with COVID-19.
  3. After finding COVID-19 positive patients, they used contact tracing to determine who the COVID-19 patients may have been in contact with prior to showing symptoms of the virus.

Contact Tracing with Technology

Many countries have been performing contact tracing with the help of technology. This can be very successful if special requirements can be met:

  • Contact tracing requires a smartphone (or similar wearable electronic device), which can be used to identify a person’s location using positioning technologies (such as GPS or Bluetooth) in combination with an Internet connection.
  • Software on the device must be carefully approved to meet strict privacy regulations.
  • Whether the software is written from scratch, or sourced from open standards, the ability to architect and test a scalable solution for a particular population takes time.
  • To be successful, a large portion of a population must participate.

Summary of Technology Barriers

Successful technology-based contact tracing requires that a large part of the population has access to a smartphone or wearable device with contact tracing software, that the software has the support of local governments, and that the privacy of users is protected.

Technology fails to address residents without a smartphone or an internet connection. How can these members of our communities benefit from contact-tracing? By contract tracing at home.

Why Our Campaign Works

We’ve outlined a very simple technology-free approach which every Wyoming resident can practice from home using a simple pen and paper. This is especially beneficial for our rural communities where a reliable internet connection may not be readily available.

Benefits of Our Campaign

  • No smartphone or internet connection is required: This is a technology-free solution.
  • Data of your contacts remains completely private until you share it with a physician.
  • Contact tracing at home is free to implement.
  • You can help stop the spread of COVID-19, and save the lives of your friends, families, and any other close contacts!

WTCC’s “Contact Tracing at Home” Campaign

Start contact tracing today by printing off our who/when/where template and following the slides below. Show us your notebooks on social media using the #WyomingTracks hashtag, and help us spread the word!

Download Campaign Materials

We need your help to spread the word of the #WyomingTracks campaign. To get started, download our slides and poster below, and share them on social media, or post at your workplace. When sharing on social media, please use the hashtag #WyomingTracks.