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LMAS District Health Department Moves to New System for COVID-19 Case Investigation

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Published: Dec. 10, 2021 at 12:12 PM EST
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(WLUC) - LMAS District Health Department announced today that it will now use a software program known as PEG (Patient Education Genius) to help with case investigation.

With cases rapidly increasing in Luce, Mackinac, Alger, and Schoolcraft counties (more than 2,500 cases from August 1, 2021 to December 8, 2021), the LMAS District Health Department said staff members are unable to investigate all positive cases in a timely manner.

“Now, if you test positive for COVID-19, you may not get a phone call from the Health Department,” said Nicholas Derusha, Director and Health Officer at LMAS. “Unless you fall into a high-risk category based on age or type of employment, you will receive a text or email with a link to an online survey. We are asking all residents in our four counties to look for this survey in text or email and fill it out if they receive it after being tested for COVID.”

LMAS said the PEG system is HIPAA compliant and any information will only be viewed by LMAS investigation staff. The new survey asks about symptoms, the onset date of symptoms, and close contacts. It should take less than 15 minutes to complete. LMAS investigators will review the information provided and reach out to symptomatic individuals as needed.

Filling out the online form versus having a lengthy phone call from investigators will be simpler and easier for both the public and LMAS staff. Residents with questions about COVID-19 can call the state COVID information center at: 1-888-535-6136 or email COVID19@michigan.gov.

What to do if you test positive for COVID:

• When you receive your test results, start isolation immediately. Isolation lasts for 10 days from symptom onset (or from the test date if you are asymptomatic).

• Notify your close contacts and encourage them to quarantine for a full 14 days.

• If you have questions about isolation or quarantine, call your local LMAS office and enter extension 111.

Filling out the survey is required for those who want or need an isolation or quarantine letter for their employer. LMAS staff will continue to reach out to individuals with a landline phone.

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