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WEBSITE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Joan Adam, Secretary of Health

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COVID-19 Contact Tracing

How does contact tracing work?

Contact tracing slows the spread of COVID-19 by:

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Gathering relevant information from the person who tested positive for COVID-19 to identify close contacts.

  • Letting close contacts know they have been exposed and should monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

  • Asking people to self-isolate if they have COVID-19 or self-quarantine if they are a close contact of someone with COVID-19.

  • Participating in the contact tracing process helps protect you, your family, and your community by slowing the spread of COVID-19.

Technology

  • The South Dakota Department of Health will provide secure web-based questionnaires to aid in the contact tracing process.

  • If you tested positive for COVID-19, you may receive a health assessment questionnaire that asks about your health and those you may have been in close contact with.

  • It is important to be forthcoming as the information gathered is vital to stopping the spread of disease.

  • Meanwhile, the people you identified as close contacts may receive notification from the SD DOH asking about their health. They will also receive guidance on testing and quarantining.

  • Links to questionnaires will come via email or text message and include a phone number you can call if you have questions or concerns.

  • Some individuals will receive a phone call if a mobile phone number or email address is not reported to the SD DOH.

Email and Text Message Examples.
Email: The South Dakota Department of Health has important health information to share with you. You will be provided this health information within a secure portal and asked a series of questions. The information you provide is kept confidential and will help prevent the spread of illness to others. Total length of time to complete the questionnaire should be approximately 10 minutes. If you are responsible for completing the survey for several individuals, please be aware you will receive one survey invite per individual. To begin, follow this link: Survey Link Note: This link will expire, however we request you complete the survey within 24 hours of receipt.If you are uncertain if this notification is legitimate, please call the South Dakota Department of Health Call Center at 1-800-997-2880. Thank you, in advance, for providing the requested information to help us prevent additional illness in your community and in South Dakota. Sincerely, South Dakota Department of Health Note: Please do not reply to this email. This mailbox is not being monitored. ${rand://float/0:1000} Follow the link to opt out of future emails: Click here to unsubscribe.

Text Message: The SD Dept of Health has 
important health info to share with you. Please complete the 
questionnaire in the link below:
SURVEY LINK
If you are unable to access the questionnaire please access the following link to submit a request to the SD Dept of Health. https://bit.ly/DOHInquiry
-SD Dept of Health
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Security and Safety

  • Contact tracing automated email assessments from the South Dakota Department of Health will come from sddoh@qemailserver.com.

  • If you receive a call, text or email regarding contact tracing and you are unsure if it’s legitimate, please call the South Dakota Department of Health COVID-19 Call Center at 1-800-997-2880.

  • Contact tracers will never ask for your social security number, bank information, or credit card number.

  • Information gathered during the contact tracing process is confidential.

Quarantine & Isolation Guidelines

CALCULATING ISOLATION - Day 0 is your first day of symptoms or a positive viral test. Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed or your test specimen was collected.

IF YOU
Tested positive for COVID-19 or havesymptoms, regardless of vaccination status

  • Stay home for at least 5 days

  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house

  • Wear a mask around others for 5 additional days and avoid being around people at high risk

  • If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves

CALCULATING QUARANTINE - The date of your exposure is considered day 0. Day 1 is the first full day after your last contact with a person who has had COVID-19.

IF YOU
Were exposed to COVID-19 and are up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations

  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days

  • Avoid being around people who are at high risk

  • Test on day 5, if possible

  • If you develop symptoms, get a test & stay home

IF YOU
Were exposed to COVID-19 and are NOT up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations

  • Stay home for at least 5 days

  • Wear a mask around others for 5 additional days and avoid being around people who are at high risk

  • Test on day 5, if possible

  • If you develop symptoms, get a test & stay home

IF YOU
were exposed to COVID-19 and had confirmed COVID-19 within the past 90 days (you tested positive using a viral test)

  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days

  • Avoid being around people who are at high risk

  • If you develop symptoms, get a test & stay home

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