ContactTracing Contact Tracing Slows the Spread

Contact Tracing Slows the Spread

​Contact tracing is an important step in slowing the spread of COVID-19. It’s when health workers notify you that you’ve been in contact with an infected person, and you should also get tested. Public health departments have used contact tracing for decades to fight infectious disease. Introducing California Connected, our state’s contact tracing program.

Connected California

Under this program, health workers will talk to those who have tested positive. They’ll alert anyone they may have exposed, keeping names confidential. They’ll check symptoms, offer testing, and discuss next steps like quarantine, self-isolation and medical care. By finding spread patterns quickly, we slow infection and help avoid outbreaks. This lets California keep healthcare needs below capacity and safely reopen business.

California Connected Privacy Policy

Civil Code section 1798.17 et seq. requires notice to individuals providing information as part of this program. The information is being requested by the Division of Communicable Disease Control, PO Box 997377, MS 0500, Sacramento, California, 95899-7377; (833) 422-4255; testing.taskforce@state.ca.gov.


The information requested as part of this program is authorized by California Health and Safety Code section 120130, and Title 17 of the California Code of Regulations section 2505. Submission of the information is voluntary. The principal purposes for the collection of this information are to conduct contact tracing and other activities related to monitoring and control of COVID-19 in the community. Pursuant to California law, the information collected shall be confidential and shall be collected in a manner that protects your privacy. However, it could be disclosed pursuant to a judicial order, judge-singed warrant, or to the California State Auditor. All individuals have the right of access to records containing their personal information, which are maintained by the California Department of Public Health. To obtain access to this information, or for more information about this program, please contact the Division Chief of the Division of Communicable Disease Control at the address above. Please see our Privacy Policy and Web Use Policy for additional information.