COVID-19 Letter Sent to Positive Cases
Clark County, Ohio – The Clark County Combined Health District has recently become overwhelmed with the increase in new positive COVID-19 cases. CCCHD is currently receiving upwards of 80 positive cases a day. “We have hired several contact tracers, we also have regular full-time employees who are helping to contact trace on top of their normal duties, and on top of that, some individuals are working 7 days a week to try and keep up with the new cases.” Health Commissioner Charles Patterson said. The health department is running at max capacity and is able to conduct 50 case interviews a day. This 30 case per day deficit has now become insurmountable. CCCHD has come up with a plan to be back on course. As of 11/9/2020 all of the cases that have yet to be contacted will be sent a letter including:
- Informing them of their positive result for COVID-19
- Education on isolation
- Education on quarantine for any household contacts
Education on what constitutes someone as a close contact
- asking the case to call any close contacts they identify during contagious period and inform contact of their exposure so contact may begin their quarantine.
- Shortened interview that we ask the case to fill out and send back to CCCHD (electronic version will be available)
The interview will ask questions like:
- Date of Birth
- What symptoms are you experiencing
The interview WILL NOT ask for:
- Bank information
- Social Security number
- Proof of identification
“Now is the time to double our efforts of masking, social distancing, and limiting contact with individuals who do not live in your home. Taking responsibility for your own health by leaving any place where masking/social distancing is not occurring as well as not hosting or attending parties is going to be crucial in reducing the number of new cases.” Charles Patterson said.
CCCHD asks, if you are notified by your doctor that you have tested positive, please isolate yourself and notify your close contacts. This will lessen the spread and help the health department
People with questions about COVID-19 can call the Ohio Department of Health COVID-19 Call Center, 7 days a week from 9AM – 8PM at: 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).