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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.
The Havre Daily News
The report said the department has also installed a new system called Sara Alert that allows people who’ve tested positive for COVID-19, or have been potentially exposed to it, to report their daily symptoms.
“We see this as a force multiplier and a way to apply our time more efficiently,” Wendland read from the report. Public Health Nurse Jessica Kennedy-Stiffarm said so far the system appears to be working very well.
The Havre Daily News
Larson said in a meeting last week that her department was starting to feel a bit overwhelmed by the amount of work involved in contact tracing and Thursday she detailed some things the department is doing to remedy the issue.
The first was using a system called Sara Alert which Larson said is designed to make contact tracing more efficient and was installed in the department on Wednesday.
She said she hopes will take some of the burden off of her employees so the essential services her department would normally be working on this time of year can be continued.
Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice
Contact tracers do not use anyone’s cellphone to track them if they are supposed to be in self-quarantine. They can use a cellphone to sign up for the SARA Alert system, which allows them to receive a web link via text message to report to the health department if they have become symptomatic while under self-quarantine, Torbik said.
On July 29, Gallatin County launched a pilot app called Sara Alert, developed by the MITRE Corporation, that allows individuals who have been exposed to or tested positive for COVID-19 to report daily symptoms via email, text message or robocall.