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 over 1,500 full-time and part-time staff supporting contact tracing efforts at the LHD level, including the 647 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 132 20%
Hispanic or Latino 221 34%
American Indian or Alaska Native 11 2%
Asian 11 2%
White  208 32%
Two or more races 16 2%
No Response 48 7%
Sum 647 100%


Language(s) Spoken by Contact Tracers Total Percent
English Only 313 48%
Bilingual 334 52%