Last week we received the following from the WV DHHR:
“As the COVID-19 pandemic has evolved, so have public health mitigation strategies and guidance. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ Bureau for Public Health continues to transition from universal case and contact tracing to a more strategic approach of targeted case investigations and outbreak investigations. This pivot is an important step as the pandemic moves toward becoming an endemic in West Virginia, and the world.
If you test positive for COVID-19, public health departments will promote self-care education to all positive cases but will no longer conduct universal case investigation and contact tracing, release from quarantine, or return to work letters. Please follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance if test positive or have been exposed to COVID-19.”
At this time, the Tucker County Health Department will continue to contact positive individuals that are reported to us by providers and labs with a phone call to offer education and isolation instructions.
COVID is not gone, and we still need to take precautions. If you become symptomatic, either go to a provider and get tested or home test. If you test positive or are a direct contact to a positive case, follow the quarantine protocol that can be found at tuckerhealthwv.com
If you have not gotten vaccinated or your booster shot, you need to. The vaccine will protect you and your community. Even when those who have gotten vaccinated and still contract the virus, they generally have much lighter symptoms. We recommend wearing a mask in public settings. A mask may not be 100 percent effective, but it is very effective in protecting you and your community from the spread of COVID-19.
If you have questions or would like to schedule a vaccination, please call us at 304-478-3572