Contact Tracing

Does North Carolina have sufficient capacity to conduct contact tracing? 

Updated every Wednesday by 4 p.m.

Contact tracing is a proven, effective way to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Contact tracing identifies people that have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. This helps us more rapidly identify those who may have been exposed to COVID-19 and quickly get them the necessary supports and resources that can help protect them and their loved ones. 

Local health departments (LHD) and health agencies have used contact tracing in North Carolina for decades to control the spread of other diseases such as tuberculosis and measles. Local health departments have been using contact tracing for COVID-19 since the first cases were identified in North Carolina. 

To meet the scale needed to respond to COVID-19, we are building on the work of local health departments to expand contact tracing by tapping into additional local health department employees, contractors (through the Carolina Community Tracing Collaborative and Child Care Health Consultants), hospitals, and other community partners. 

North Carolina is committed to ensuring contact tracing teams reflect the communities they serve and are well positioned to reach the communities hardest hit by COVID. 

There are more than 2,000 full-time and part-time staff supporting contact tracing efforts at the LHD level, including the 1,520 Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) contact tracers.

Who has been hired through the Carolina Community Tracing Collaborative? 

Demographics of Contact Tracers Hired Total Hired Hired Percentage
Black or African American 415 27%
Hispanic or Latino 481 32%
American Indian or Alaska Native 25 2%
Asian or Pacific Islander 24 2%
White  435 29%
Two or more races 42 3%
No Response 98 6%
Sum 1,520 100%


Language(s) Spoken by Contact Tracers Total Percent
English Only 954 63%
Bilingual 566 37%