SNHD Starting Text/Email-Based COVID-19 Notifications System

Allows People Who Have A Known Exposure To Get Alerts

Mitch Kelly
April 01, 2020 - 6:16 am
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LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - The Southern Nevada Health District is implementing a text and email-based notification system to assist in notifying individuals who have traveled to areas where transmission of COVID-19 is widespread, or who are contacts of a confirmed case.

Some individuals may also be contacted by telephone in addition to receiving a text or e-mail notification.

The Health District has reassigned resources from within the agency to assist with contact investigations, to provide information and instructions to individuals who have COVID-19 and who are high-risk contacts, and to assist facilities with investigations and screenings.

This new system allows people who have a known exposure but are at lower risk to receive an important notification so they can take steps to monitor their health and contact the Health District if they have questions or concerns.

When a person receives an alert, they are advised based on their specific circumstances to monitor their symptoms and, if applicable, self-quarantine for 14 days. The system provides links to instructions, the declaration of quarantine, and resources for individuals.

As more testing occurs in Southern Nevada and the state, more cases of COVID-19 will be identified and reported.

While many people do require hospitalization and supportive care, many more people will experience mild symptoms and will be isolating at home during the course of their illness. Health District staff is continuing to look for resources and solutions to manage the outbreak and provide the community with information. This notification system will allow people who are not sick but may be at risk for becoming ill to take additional precautions to help keep themselves and others healthy.