HOW IS PUBLIC HEALTH RESPONDING?
As we respond to COVID-19, we continue to work with the state health department, healthcare and hospital facilities, first responders, and other partners as one public health system to protect healthcare providers and residents.
When we do start seeing community spread of COVID-19, we would expect to continue to work collaboratively with our healthcare system to make self-quarantine recommendations, out of an abundance of caution to protect staff and the community from increased spread.
When an individual is confirmed positive with COVID-19, Public Health takes the following steps:
- We immediately contact the case to notify the case of the diagnosis and make sure they are isolated to avoid spread to others.
- We interview the patient to determine the date of onset of symptoms so we can identify when the case was infectious.
- We walk through every moment that the patient was infectious and determine who had contact with the case, for how long, and what were the circumstances.
- Based on that information, we determine everyone who is at risk of developing COVID-19 and contact them to notify them of the exposure and what steps they need to take to prevent spread of the disease, which might include quarantine for 14 days.