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CHANGE TO COVID-19 CASE INVESTIGATIONS

CHANGE TO COVID-19 CASE INVESTIGATIONS

CHIPPEWA COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

CHIPPEWA COUNTY, COUNTY, MICHIGAN  ~~~~~  November 13, 2020 (LSN)  Chippewa Health Department (CCHD) is alerting the public that due to the extreme increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Chippewa county, case investigations conducted with individuals will now be prioritized based on risk. CCHD staff is unable to conduct full case investigations with every case and will focus on cases identified in congregate living facilities, K-12 schools, healthcare workers, first responders and the elderly

“If you test positive for COVID-19, the health department will notify you but contact tracing will not occur unless you fall into a high-risk category”, explains Karen Senkus, CCHD Health Officer. “Our department is receiving between 20-25 new cases each day; we need everyone’s assistance in following isolation and quarantine guidelines”.

CCHD is requesting that all individuals who test positive for COVID-19 complete an isolation period of 10 days, regardless of whether or not you are contacted by CCHD.

These individuals should remain in isolation until the following conditions are met:

  • • 10 days from when symptoms began (or they tested positive)
  • • they have been fever-free for 24 hours, and
  • • symptoms have improved.

Individuals who are positive for COVID-19 are also asked to contact their own close contacts to alert them of the exposure. Close contacts should quarantine for 14 days postexposure. Close contacts are people who:

  • • Were with the COVID-19-positive person while contagious (while symptomatic or up to two days before symptoms began, or the individual received a positive test if asymptomatic), AND
  • • Spent 15 or more minutes over the course of 24 hours within six feet of the COVID-19-positive person

Both isolation and quarantine mean staying at home, even away from other household members as much as possible.

Most testing facilities will provide COVID-19 test results through an online portal or through other means of communication. Individuals who have received a test but have not received their results within a few days should contact the site where they were tested. Do not assume that because you have not been called, you are not positive.

CCHD continues to urge the general public to take COVID-19 precautions seriously to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Chippewa County.

 

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