Too long ago, Democratic Party State Central Committeeman Phil Janko sent this suggestion for making contact tracing easier.
While Illinois has already entered Phase 4, the idea still has merit.
“Sign In to Dine In” Covid-19 Contact Tracing
Before a region can enter into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan, that region needs contact tracing and monitoring within 24 hours of diagnosis for more than 90% of Covid-19 cases.
But how do we get there?
Peter Janko, community activist and Democratic State Central Committeeman – 14 Congressional District, is promoting a grass roots contact tracing effort on social media designed to not only save our mom and pop restaurants but also save lives at the same time.
Sign-In to Dine-In costs next to nothing for a restaurant to adopt.
Because most restaurants are overwhelmed with just the tasks of re-opening, fans of small restaurants are being encouraged to make a Guest Sign-in book for their favorite restaurant(s).
Fans then present the Guest Sign-in book to the restaurant owner, explain the importance of contact tracing, and ask them to have their dine in customers provide their contact info so that in the event another diner, from the same day, later tests positive for Covid-19, they can be promptly notified.
To ensure customer privacy, records are kept only on paper by the restaurant owner.
These records would only be released to the local health authorities if a person testing positive for COVID-19 indicates that he/she dined or worked at that restaurant within the virus’s incubation period.
Health officials could then use the sign-in to notify patrons of their potential exposure.
Patrons are already accustomed to signing up for coupons or notifications of special events at many restaurants, so most will be comfortable with having to Sign-In to Dine-In.
Administrators of 97 Illinois city and county health departments and 6 Illinois Illinois Department of Public Health were mailed information packets on “Sign In to Dine In” last Wednesday, May 3rd.
Online version of Sign In to Dine In: http://www.pete4illinois.com/covid-19/trace/