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Don't want to talk to a contact tracer? MN debuts online option after positive test

The department says the survey will allow its staff to keep track of more cases at a faster pace

The Minnesota Department of Health has added an online survey to its contract tracing system, which the department says will boost its capacity for keeping track of COVID-19 spread. 

Previously, those who tested positive for the coronavirus would expect a call from a contact tracer. Now, patients will receive a link to an online survey. 

“There are many COVID-19 cases to interview,” said Kris Ehresmann, MDH infectious disease director, in a statement. “This survey means people who have tested positive don’t have to wait for a call, but can just jump right in and learn more about how to keep themselves and their families safe. The survey will make it easier for us to track COVID-19, and make it easier for people to help stop the spread.”

The survey will be available in multiple languages, and patients can elect to either take the survey or speak to a contact tracer. 

Just one thing: beware of potential scammers using similar language. Keep an eye out for red flags, like requests for personal financial information, MDH says. 

“We’re never going to ask for banking information, financial information, or things like your Social Security Number," Ehresmann said. "When in doubt, you can call the health department at 651-201-4989, or check our avoiding phone scams webpage.”

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