CORAL SPRINGS, FL – As coronavirus cases spike in Coral Springs and other parts of Florida, city officials again urged residents to keep a contact journal.
A Coral Springs news release issued this week said: “It is imperative for residents to remain mindful of where they have been and who they have been in contact with, should they be infected with the virus.”
Many states, counties, and cities are implementing contact tracing – the practice of public health staff working with COVID-19 patients to help them recall everyone with whom they have had close contact during the timeframe while they may have been infectious.
To assist with contact tracing, Coral Springs encourages residents to keep a daily log of their whereabouts.
The news release said: “In a notebook at the conclusion of each day, while it is 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. Should a Department of Health member or contact tracer contact you, it will be easier for you to easily recall your whereabouts.”
City officials issued a similar request for residents to keep a contact journal at the beginning of the pandemic.
Coral Springs does not coordinate contact tracing, because it is handled by public health agencies.
Officials remind residents: “The most protective tool we have to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is the use of facial coverings, remaining safely distanced from those outside of your household and proper personal hygiene. The use of facial coverings is mandated in Broward County (read addition information here). Through proactive measures and by working together, we can protect one another from this communicable virus.”
Learn more about contact tracing here.
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