Community Health Agency strained with case investigations

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency has announced that procedures for case investigations have changed.

Widespread community transmission has placed tremendous strain on public health capacity throughout Michigan and locally, with more cases than there is capacity to handle. As a result, local health department staff may not contact every positive case.

Because of the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, there have been delays in the amount of time it takes to contact all persons who test positive for the virus and some residents haven’t received a call.

There are also residents in quarantine who have been in close contact to someone who has COVID-19 who haven’t been contacted. Residents in Branch, Hillsdale and St. Joseph counties are requested to take personal action if they test positive.

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