Inslee enlists National Guard, state employees and health care officials to implement contact tracing


Washington Gov. Jay Inslee unveiled a statewide plan for contact tracing of COVID-19 cases Tuesday that will utilize the Washington National Guard, state Department of Licensing and state and local health care professionals.

Those officials will identify people who have had contact with someone who has tested positive for the coronavirus, with both the infected person and the people on their contact list facing mandatory quarantine.

Under Insleeā€™s plan, anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 will be quarantined for 14 days, as will everyone in their household.

And anyone who has had contact with that person will be quarantined until they have tested negative, even if they have not tested positive or shown symptoms.

The exact role the National Guard will play in the contact tracing is uncertain as those troops, Department of Licensing personnel and health care professionals are expected to be trained by the end of the week.

“Think of this as a COVID brigade,” Inslee said. “I’m confident we will have the resources to get this done.”

Inslee said the privacy rights of citizens will be a priority during the contact tracing.