Steps to Take After Testing Positive or Exposure to COVID-19


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What you need to know

​​​What you Need to Know

  • Case investigation and contact tracing are important tools used to slow the spread of COVID-19 and help protect you, your family, and your community.
  • While still a vital tool in slowing the spread of COVID-19, Nebraska's contact tracing and case investigation strategy is changing due to more infectious variants like the Delta and Omicron variants.
  • Case investigators and contact tracers in some jurisdictions are focused on large clusters instead of individual cases. If you test positive for COVID-19 or are a close contact with someone who tested positive, you may not receive a live phone call from a contact tracer.
  • Instead, you may receive a text message from an automated text messaging service asking you to take a survey, it is important for you to respond and take the survey.

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Discussions with health department staff are confidential.

This means that your name and personal and medical information will be kept private and only shared with those who may need to know, like your health care provider.

  • Your name will not be shared with those you came in contact with. If the health department notifies people you were in close contact with (within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes) that they have been exposed to COVID-19, you will not be identified.

The health department staff will not ask you for:

  • Social Security number
  • Bank account information
  • Salary information
  • Credit card numbers
  • Money

If you are concerned about a phone call you received from someone identifying themselves as part of the COVID-19 response team or disease investigator, you can contact your local health department or the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services at (402) 471-6450 to verify the legitimacy of the call.