Important update: Healthcare facilities
CDC has updated select ways to operate healthcare systems effectively in response to COVID-19 vaccination. Learn more
UPDATE
Given new evidence on the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant, CDC has updated the guidance for fully vaccinated people. CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. Children should return to full-time in-person learning in the fall with layered prevention strategies in place.
UPDATE
The White House announced that vaccines will be required for international travelers coming into the United States, with an effective date of November 8, 2021. For purposes of entry into the United States, vaccines accepted will include FDA approved or authorized and WHO Emergency Use Listing vaccines. More information is available here.
UPDATE
Travel requirements to enter the United States are changing, starting November 8, 2021. More information is available here.

COVID-19 Case Investigation & Contact Tracing Training Resources

COVID-19 Case Investigation & Contact Tracing Training Resources
Updated May 17, 2022
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A successful notification of exposure allows for an exchange of information with the person exposed to COVID-19 (close contact) and offers an opportunity to answer questions and provide referrals for testing, medical evaluation, vaccination, and other support services.

What You Need to Know

  • Case investigation and contact tracing are part of a layered prevention strategy against COVID-19.
  • Effective case investigation and contact tracing requires specific skills and knowledge within organizations.
  • No-cost training is available in multiple formation to support building knowledge and skills for case investigation and contact tracing.

Training Resources Available

Training resources are available for public health professionals in multiple roles related to case investigation and contact tracing.

Case Investigation and Contact Tracing by the Numbers

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93% of those completing the survey for Making Contact: A Training for COVID-19 Contact Tracers and Case Investigators as of March 31, 2022 felt they better understand what it means to be a contact tracer (3/31/22).

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95% of those completing the survey for the National COVID-19 Virtual Skills-Based Courses for Case Investigators and Contact Tracers as of March 31, 2022 felt the training content accurately addressed their needs and goals (3/31/22).

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112,118 individuals completed at least one of the introductory case investigation or contact tracing courses developed and hosted by CDC training partners (3/31/22).

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Over 65% of those completing case investigation and contact tracing courses developed and hosted by CDC training partners as of March 31, 2022, were actively doing contact tracing or case investigation (3/31/22).