Public Health warns of delays

ESCANABA — Public Health Delta & Menominee Counties is warning residents the surge in COVID-19 cases may lead to delays in contacting infected individuals.

“Public Health, Delta & Menominee Counties (PHDM) has reached capacity to respond to every positive case on the day that it is received,” the health department said in a post on its official Facebook page. “Contact tracing continues to be an integral part of COVID-19 mitigation and PHDM has sought assistance to complete case investigations.”

Individuals with COVID-19 positive results may be contacted directly by a PHDM nurse, through text message or email, or by a contact tracer working with Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). Participation in case investigation allows the department to identify and address potential outbreaks early, which helps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

If there is a delay in communication, COVID-19 positive individuals should isolate for 10 days, either from symptom onset or the day the positive test was taken if asymptomatic; identify and notify any close contacts from the 48 hours prior to symptoms starting or the day of the test; and instruct close contacts to monitor their symptoms and quarantine for 10 days if not vaccinated.

Vaccine appointments are available at PHDM by calling 906-786-4111 in Delta County or 906-863-4451 in Menominee County.


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