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Miami-Dade County Urges Public To Answer Calls From COVID-19 Contact Tracers

Katie Lepri

Contact tracing involves calling someone who tests positive for COVID-19 to find out who they’ve been around lately. Those people are then reached and told to isolate, so that they don't spread the coronavirus behind COVID-19 to anyone else.

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Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava says nearly 600 contact tracers are now helping the county reach people, and she has a few requests from county residents to help them stop the coronavirus from spreading.

First request:

"Download our app, the CombatCOVID app," Levine Cava said during a recent digital press conference.

The second request:

"If you are contacted, take the call," Levine Cava said.

As these PSAs explain in English, Spanish and Creole: look out for contact tracer calls from the following numbers: 833-917-2880, 833-443-5364 and 850-583-2419.

If you need to isolate, the county has space. In partnership with the Florida Division of Emergency Management, hotel rooms are available, free to residents who need them, in order to isolate and also stop the spread of COVID-19.

Lastly, people are reminded to wear masks both outdoors and inside public spaces — and especially at home when non-family members are visiting. Infectious disease experts explain that asymptomatic people still spread the disease to others through droplets from their nose and mouths, and even if one person has no symptoms from the virus, another person's reaction could be fatal.

Verónica Zaragovia was born in Cali, Colombia, and grew up in South Florida. She’s been a lifelong WLRN listener and is proud to cover health care, as well as Surfside and Miami Beach politics for the station. Contact Verónica at vzaragovia@wlrnnews.org
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