Once the Monroe County Health Department is notified that a local resident tested positive for the COVID- 19, they start a followup process.
The Monroe County Health Department is employing a number of steps to track down possible transmission and prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community.
The agency has “assembled an expanding team of public health professionals to investigate new cases of COVID-19, and quickly track down people that might have been exposed so they can take appropriate precautions and manage their health,” according to its Facebook page.
Once the department is notified by phone call from a doctor or through Michigan’s online disease tracking system that a local resident tested positive for the COVID- 19, the team members start their followup process. They make a phone call to that patient or his or her family, finding out where they were recently and who they were in close contact with.
The next step is to reach out to those known contacts and tell them about the possible exposure and what to do. Officials note that this virus can spread before someone knows he or she is sick. The phone call notifications are to encourage those who were exposed, but may not yet be sick, to stay home.
A local call-back number also will be provided with a request to check in regularly and the next round of follow up contacts will begin.
“The health department’s nurses, environmental health specialists, public health technicians and others are unified in this unprecedented pandemic response. We are honored to serve our community to protect the public’s health,” the agency said.
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