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-Information courtesy the NCDHHS
The public is asked to be aware that scams involving COVID-19 contact tracing are being used to gain financial and sensitive information.
According to the NCDHHS, legitimate contact tracers from the COVID-19 Community Team will contact those who have tested positive or those who have been near someone with COVID-19 by text from the number 45394 or email from NC-ARIAS-NoReply@dhhs.nc.gov. Avoid responding to unknown calls or emails.
If the Community Team reaches out with a phone call, either NC OUTREACH or the local health department’s number will appear on their phone.
If a member of the Team calls and doesn’t get an answer, they will leave a voicemail. To protect your privacy, the voicemail will not say that the call is about COVID-19.
The NCDHHS website explains that callers will know it is a member of the Community Team calling because they will do the following when leaving a voicemail:
- Identify themselves with their first name and the local health department they are calling from.
- Say “We are contacting you about an urgent public health matter. We would like to speak with you to provide further information and share guidance.”
- Request that you call your local health department at your earliest convenience and will tell you the local health department’s phone number.
- Tell you the local health department’s website in case you would like to go to the website to verify the phone number.
Additionally, if you are ever in doubt about how to contact your local health department, please use this website for local health department contact information (click here).
Four-County Health Departments:
Vance: 115 Charles Rollins Rd, Henderson, NC 27536; (252) 492-7915
Granville: 101 Hunt Dr, Oxford, NC 27565; (919) 693-2141
Franklin: 107 Industrial Dr, Louisburg, NC 27549; (919) 496-2533
Warren: 544 West Ridgeway St, Warrenton, NC 27589; (252) 257-1185