Sara Alert™ in the News

Health department brings on Sara Alert to manage COVID-19 cases

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.  

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Public Health launches Sara Alert to limit the spread of COVID-19. What we know.

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.

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Hill County Health Board discusses Sara Alert, and COVID-19 trends

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.

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Contact tracing and essential health services discussed in county officials meeting

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.

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