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If You Get It The State Will Ask For Everyone You Contacted

Official says individual coronavirus contact tracing will be voluntary

The state of Michigan says its efforts to track people who have been in contact with anyone infected with COVID-19 will rely on voluntary compliance.

The next phase of reopening the state’s economy includes a process called contact tracing, according to officials. This requires local government employees, contractors or volunteers to interview anyone who has contracted COVID-19 and request the names of people the infected person has been in contact with.

“This is voluntary. No one is required to speak with the local public health officials or the volunteer contact tracers,” said Lynn Sutfin, spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, in an email.

“Answering or returning the call could provide them with actions they can take to help prevent others in their households from being infected, particularly vulnerable individuals such as older adults or those individuals with underlying conditions,” Sutfin said.

Infected individuals will be asked who they were in contact with since they first noticed symptoms. Health officials will then contact those people and tell them they should self-quarantine for 14 days.

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