Based on the overwhelming number of COVID-19 cases in Van Buren and Cass counties, the Van Buren/Cass District Health Department has made the decision to focus efforts on containing potential outbreaks.
Recent cases have reported numerous close contacts, making contact tracing efforts difficult to sustain. Even with assistance from partner organizations and increased staffing, capacity has been reached. As a result, individuals and their close contacts may not receive a phone call from Van Buren/Cass District Health Department.
Agency officials wish to remind the public that the department will continue case investigation and contact tracing in nursing homes, hospitals and schools, as well as clusters identified as priority by VBCDHD.
It will continue to assist businesses featuring a high-risk, congregate setting and assist businesses with COVID-related issues.