Newsletter 12 - Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center
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CONTACT TRACING: HELPING TO KEEP THE COMMUNITY SAFE

Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center is fortunate to have a team of contact tracers working seven days a week to help trace and track the path of COVID-19 on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Although contact tracing seems to be happening behind the scenes, it is a crucial and intensive part of the fight against the spread of COVID-19.

CASE INVESTIGATION

 

Contact tracing begins when someone has a positive viral COVID-19 test. If you test positive, you are interviewed within 24-hours of your test. The interview process includes identifying who you came into contact with starting several days before you became ill. If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be put into isolation for a length of time determined by when you got sick. Individuals who test positive are put into ISOLATION, in which they must stay away from others including those in their own household.

 

CONTACT TRACING

 

All individuals who have been identified as coming in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be contacted by a contact tracer.

If you are a contact to a positive case, you will be put into quarantine for a length of time determined by your last contact with the positive COVID-19 person. Contacts are QUARANTINED at home and should stay away from all individuals who are not in their household (although, to be safe, it is recommended that contacts reduce their time with individuals in their household as well).

 

SUPPORT

 

Contact Tracers will help to support individuals who have had a positive COVID test or those they have come into contact with by providing resources for safe housing, food and other necessary resources. Individuals who require support will be put into contact with the appropriate resources.

 

 

You will also be provided with educational information on how to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, how to separate yourself and reduce the likelihood of spreading the infection, support to understand the risks and how the virus spreads, and the length of your isolation or quarantine.

Contact Tracer on Phone

MAKING A PLAN

 

You and your family can make a plan for the event that someone in your family becomes ill or must be quarantined. Have a two-week supply of dried goods, medications, personal hygiene products, and disinfectant for cleaning readily available. Make a plan with a friend or family member to ensure food delivery or other assistance you may need while reducing the likelihood of spreading the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has guidance on how to prepare.

 

Contact tracing is a crucial part of slowing the spread of COVID-19 on the CTUIR. Please be sure to answer your phone, even if you do not recognize the number, and check your voicemail daily.

 

We are all in this together. Let’s keep our community safe.

For the latest information on COVID-19 testing at Yellowhawk see our website at yellowhawk.org.