Contact tracing for COVID-19 requires identifying persons who may have been exposed to COVID-19 and following up on them daily for 14 days from the last point of exposure. Contact tracing is one of the critical tools available to effectively break chains of transmission and control COVID-19 outbreaks. This guideline has been prepared to guide the implementation and management of contact tracing in South Africa for managing Covid-19 outbreaks. The guideline also provides direction regarding the monitoring and evaluation of the contact tracing process. The guideline has been prepared based on best practices from extensive field experiences from previous Covid-19 outbreaks in another countries as well as the most recent evidence.
Therefore, this guideline will assist healthcare workers in coordinating, facilitating and implementing COVID-19 contact tracing activities. Furthermore, national and sub-national emergency management committees, epidemiologists, surveillance officers and volunteer organisations involved in COVID-19 preparedness and response activities may use this guideline to plan, implement and manage contact tracing efforts. However, the guideline should be adapted to the local context in its application.