CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Coral Springs wants residents to start keeping a journal.
It’s not for writing about their love life or their hopes and dreams.
Instead, it’s to keep track of their daily whereabouts in a time of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
On Wednesday, city officials asked residents to keep “contact journals” which are intended to reduce the transmission of coronavirus.
Where possible, public health workers are doing contact tracing – performing the tedious task of interviewing people diagnosed with the coronavirus, find out whom they have recently been in physical contact with, and then informing those people of their potential exposure and advising them to self-isolate and get tested.
City officials said they can’t coordinate that level of contact tracing in Coral Springs since it’s best done by public health agencies. And so, they asked residents to track their movements themselves through their journals.
Here’s how officials explained in a news release how the contact journal should work:
“In a notebook at the conclusion of each day, while it's still fresh in your mind, write down where you have been and exactly who you may have had contact with, including the date. For those who must work outside of the home, visited a park or shopped at a grocery store, write it down and include the date and time.”
This way, officials said, if residents contract the coronavirus, they will be more effective in identifying whom they may have spread the virus to and prevent further transmission.
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