(5-10-20) Mercer County Health District’s Kristy Fryman in a reply email to the Outlook gives us a look at what a confirmed COVID 19 self-isolating at home person will go through once the test information comes back positive.

When a person is suspected and tested for COVID-19, the healthcare provider usually notifies us at the Health Department.

  • If the person tests positive,  Health Departments are required to be notified by the labs or healthcare providers or other persons with knowledge.
  • As soon as the Health Department is aware of a suspected case, we start an investigation.
  • The investigation will include where the person lives, where they work, who has close contact with them. Close contact is within 6 feet for longer than 15 minutes.
  • We do call the employer to notify of positive cases and inquire last day worked. The employer will identify co-workers that are potential close contacts. The Health Department may continue the investigation of co-workers or the employer with Occupation Health may continue the investigation and monitoring.
  • Once the persons who might have been exposed are identified, they are contacted. If they have symptoms, they are encouraged to seek care and test for COVID-19. They will be in isolation for 14 days depending on test results and symptoms. They will be monitored for temperature and other symptoms for this time.
  • If the person does not have symptoms, they will be quarantined for 14 days and monitored for temperature and other symptoms. If they become symptomatic the will be encouraged to seek care and test for COVID-19.
  • The Health Department or Occupational Health will release from isolation or quarantine.