LINN COUNTY, IA – Confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to increase in Linn County driven by the highly transmissible Delta (B.1.617.2) variant. The increase in cases in a short period of time is once again straining local contact tracing resources, and leading to delays in the contact tracing process. The contact tracing process involves contacting individuals that are confirmed to have COVID-19, providing education, and notifying close contacts that have potentially been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19.
Linn County Public Health is working with community partners to assist with timely identification, notification, and education of cases and close contacts. These partners include long-term care facilities, schools, colleges, hospitals and some employers. Linn County Public Health is dedicated to ensuring individuals that have tested positive for COVID-19 are contacted. Individuals will be contacted with information on how to slow the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.
Linn County Public Health asks that all individuals that have COVID-19 or are close contacts do their part to prevent the spread of the virus by taking action immediately upon learning of their diagnosis or exposure and do not wait to be contacted by the Linn County Public Health contact tracing team to take action to isolate or quarantine.
Linn County residents with COVID-19 are encouraged to review current Guidance for COVID-19 Positive Individuals and the information requested on the COVID-19 Investigation Form, used for the contact tracing process. Linn County residents who have received a positive COVID-19 test result can complete the COVID-19 Investigation Form online at arcg.is/uDbHb. Completing the online investigation form will improve efficiency of contact tracing efforts by Linn County Public Health.
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Linn County Public Health, an agency within Linn County government, serves more than 225,000 residents of Linn County to prevent disease and injury, promote healthy living, protect the environment, and ensure public health preparedness. Learn more at linncounty.org/health or by calling 319-892-6000. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LCPublicHealth and follow us on Twitter @LCPublicHealth.