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Sara Alert™ in the News
With the support of the CDC Foundation, MITRE partnered with the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL), and local, state and federal agencies to develop Sara Alert, a standards-based, open-source tool designed to support monitoring of individuals at risk of developing COVID-19.
“We did not have a way to do case contact tracing or support people in quarantine and isolation efficiently and at scale,” Jarris said. “Sara Alert allows us to automate and modernize identification and monitoring of case contacts in quarantine, and positive cases in isolation.”
Cases will be provided with instructions on how to isolate until they are no longer contagious and will receive daily text messages during their isolation period through a secure system called Sara Alert.
Oak Ridge Today
“Sara Alert Academic provides secure infectious disease monitoring and reporting tailored specifically for universities,” said ORAU Vice President of Research and University Partnerships Ken Tobin. “It can help keep campuses operating safely through increased efficiency in tracking potential exposures and monitoring confirmed cases, leading to earlier containment and isolation, and reduction of burden on limited resources.”
To augment what the contact tracers are doing, the Maine CDC is also using a web-based tool called Sara Alert. Anyone who has been told they’ve potentially been exposed to the virus can register with Sara Alert and get an automated daily message asking if they’re experiencing symptoms. People can respond by text, email, on the web, or by phone. The information is then made available to the Maine CDC in real time.
The Western News
As COVID-19 cases mount in Lincoln County, local health officials plan to adopt a nationally available and open source tool to monitor patients.
Kathi Hooper, health department director, told county commissioners Oct. 14 that they hoped to have Sara Alert up and running by the beginning of next week. The service is free to the county, she said.
“There will be some initial data entry and then I think it’s going to be a great [tool],” Hooper said.
Flathead County already employs the system and health officials here hope it will make efforts to collaborate on contact tracing more efficient.
People determined to be a potential close contact of someone with COVID-19 will get a call from a Maine CDC staff person or from the automated Sara Alert system.
Guam Pacific Daily News
“As further restrictions are relaxed, we need to ensure our Public Health containment and isolation team has the resources they need to keep this virus in check and prevent another surge of confirmed cases,” said Gov. Leon Guerrero. “By deploying the new Sara Alert system, we can improve our efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, protect the health of our people, and support our goal of safely opening up our community.
Individuals using the Sara Alert will be able to update Public Health daily about their health status during the period they are being monitored. This will This will also be a useful tool for travelers being released to home quarantine.
The Sara Alert System will be for a time period of 14 days and will alert health officials/public health staff if an individual missed their daily check.
Visit our Travel to Vermont web page for continually updated information and guidance, including about quarantine requirements, testing, and to sign up with Sara Alert for symptom check reminders.