Contact Tracing

Contact tracing is the process of identifying people who may have come into contact with an individual who has an infectious disease like COVID-19. Through contact tracing, we can better understand disease transmission, prevent new infections, and help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Keep Reading Contact Tracing FAQs

When you see “MD COVID” or (240) 466-4488 on your phone, answer the call.

It’s one of our public health professionals calling with important news about your test result or potential exposure to COVID-19. Please, cooperate and help contact tracers by answering all the questions they ask. It’s for your own good and for the good of your community.

A contact tracer will never ask you for your social security number, financial or bank account information, or personal details unrelated to COVID-19. They will not ask for photographs or videos of any kind. They will not ask for your passwords. They will not ask for money or payment. They will ask for verification of your date of birth, address, and any other phone numbers you may have.

Answer the call. Slow the spread.


You play a crucial role in keeping your community healthy. If your caller ID reads MD COVID or (240) 466-4488, please answer the call.


If you have recovered or are recovering from COVID-19, you can connect with others who have been through the same experience on CovidCONNECT.


Take care of yourself. Take care of others. If we work together, we will heal and come out even stronger.

Contact Tracing Testimonials

Claudia’s Story

Claudia and her husband Ben didn’t know if they would survive their COVID-19 illness. So they sat down with their 18-year-old daughter and gave her instructions on how to take care of the family— just in case.

Now fully recovered, they take every opportunity to promote the virtues of contact tracing and urge everyone to do their own part to help keep the coronavirus in check.

Todd’s Story

Watching his 7-week-old son struggle to recover from COVID-19 was one of the most difficult moments of Todd’s life. The burden of knowing he had infected his son weighed heavily on him.

Both Todd and his son have recovered from COVID-19. And Todd is especially thankful for the contact tracers who gave him the opportunity to protect his community and help prevent further spread of COVID-19.

Dr. LaRue’s Story

As a health care provider, Dr. LaRue puts her life on the line daily for her patients. When she was diagnosed with COVID-19 in March, she knew how important it was to slow the spread throughout her immigrant community.

Dr. LaRue believes it is critical to answer the call from MD COVID and provide the details needed to help slow the spread.