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KMBC Kansas City
The public health agency has started using the Sara Alert system to bring automation to disease investigation, symptom tracking and contact tracing for COVID-19.
“It’s a great system,” said Danielle Roethler, a community development specialist with the Health Department. “It was designed for public health for this purpose.”
The department started using the Sara Alert system three weeks ago. It joins both the Unified Government Public Health Department and Cass County Health Department in the Kansas City metro area using Sara Alert. The free, open-source tool for public health departments is designed by MITRE, a not-for-profit federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) based in both Massachusetts and Virginia.
Characteristics and Outcomes of Contacts of COVID-19 Patients Monitored Using an Automated Symptom Monitoring Tool — Maine, May–June 2020
CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Maine found that using automated symptom monitoring as a part of the state’s contact tracing program was well received, with the majority of monitored contacts (96.4%) agreeing to automated symptom monitoring. Automated symptom monitoring promptly identified COVID-19 diagnoses among monitored contacts.
Infection Control Daily
Maine health officials did not have the resources to conduct contract tracing in the traditional manner, and Maine’s relatively sparse, and spread out population also presented obstacles. The technological answer to these problems is called Sara Alert, an automated, web-based symptom monitoring tool. Maine began enrolling contact patients in Sara Alert on May 14. “Maine found that using automated symptom monitoring as a part of the state’s contact tracing program was well received, with the majority of monitored contacts (96.4%) agreeing to automated symptom monitoring,” the study states.
MDI Hospital will start using Maine CDC’s Sara Alert system to enroll close contacts of out-of-state confirmed cases.
The Ellsworth American
MDI Hospital will use the web-based Sara Alert tool to begin contacting those “close contacts” (anyone who has been within 6 feet of the person for 15 minutes or more) of these out-of-state cases, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Nirav Shah announced Tuesday.
About 10 percent of Maine’s COVID-19 cases from May 14 through July 10 were identified using the automatic contact tracing system called Sara Alert.
Bangor Daily News
Using Sara Alert, the hospital will be able to enroll the close contacts of those out-of-state people into a system that Maine already uses to trace contacts of its residents when they have confirmed infections, according to Shah. That will allow health officials to monitor the symptoms of those people — who would share them daily using text, email or other methods — so they can provide them with timely advice on testing and treatment as necessary
Bar Harbor hospital says at least 35 potential COVID-19 spreaders from other states have been in area
The hospital also wants the agency to register the infected individuals in the Sara Alert system, a tool used by Maine and several other states to allow COVID-19-positive individuals to report their symptoms and help medical providers contact trace among their own staff.
Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel
In other virus developments, Maine’s use of an automated system to help people exposed to the virus report their symptoms was highlighted in a study Monday by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The study concluded that automated systems can be highly effective for such tracking.
The tracers will suggest that those who’ve been exposed sign up for Sara Alert, Taylor said. That smart-phone app helps the Department of Health monitor the situation, according to Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine.