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COVID-19 Contact Tracing Training​ and Resources

COVID-19 Contact Tracing Training​ and Resources
Updated Jan. 26, 2021

Training Modules

These trainings are for public health professionals who are interested in becoming a COVID-19 contact tracer or case investigator, as well as for public health professionals who already serve in these roles and are seeking to improve their knowledge.

Training Contact Tracing Workforce

Learn about CDC-funded trainings for the COVID-19 contact tracing workforce.

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Making Contact: A Training for COVID-19 Contact Tracers

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  • Target Audience: General public
  • Source: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
  • Description: Introductory online course for entry-level COVID-19 contact tracers, for use by health agencies in rapid training of new contact tracers. The training will be augmented by state/local specific training required to orient individuals to jurisdiction-specific protocols. This training focuses on building knowledge for remote contact tracing; a subsequent release will include a module on field services.

National COVID-19 Virtual Skills-Based Training for Case Investigation & Contact Tracing

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  • Target Audience: All participants must complete either the ASTHO or Johns Hopkins online knowledge-based course prior to being approved for this course.
  • Source: National Network of Disease Intervention Training Centers (NNDITC)
  • Description: In the Case Investigation (CI) Virtual Skills-Based Training, participants will learn how to conduct a case investigation interview including determining the contact elicitation window, eliciting close contact information, providing recommendations and guidelines for isolation, and addressing common concerns persons with COVID-19 may experience during isolation. Foundational and enhanced interviewing skills will be reinforced and applied throughout the CI practice sessions. In the Contact Tracing (CT) Virtual Skills-Based Training, participants will learn how to conduct a contact tracing interview including notifying contacts of exposure, determining the quarantine period, providing information and recommendations for quarantine, and addressing common concerns exposed persons may experience during this time. Foundational and enhanced interviewing skills will be reinforced and applied throughout the CT practice sessions.
Team Lead Sample Plan

The sample training plan includes training topics that may be helpful for state and local public health jurisdictions to consider when designing their own training plans for COVID-19 team leads pdf icon[PDF – 35 pages]. Suggested training modalities and formats are provided, as well as information about sample existing trainings and resources

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COVID-19 Contact Tracing Training Scenarios

These scenarios can be used by trainers and team leads to build skills for contact tracers and case investigators:

Disclaimer: All names and events included in these scenarios are fictitious and intended for training purposes only. These scenarios are not based on real people or events.

Visit the Contact Tracing Resources for Health Departments webpage for more resources.