LCHD: Surge of COVID-19 Cases Leads to Changes in Response Time
Lincoln County has recently seen a continuous surge of positive COVID-19 cases. In just the past 7 days, we have reported 120 new positive cases. Our public health system is beyond capacity to respond to each person newly diagnosed with COVID-19 within 24 hours.
The Lincoln County Health Department is doing our best to follow up with each positive case in a timely manner.
Follow up will occur, but the response may be delayed. We ask that you stay home and wait for us to call you. There is no need to call the health department.
While you are waiting:
• Isolate in your home and stay away from others
• Notify individuals you have come in close contact with while ill and up to two days prior to developing
• Create a list of close contact for us that includes names and phone numbers.
• Call your medical provider with questions (they can provide you with documentation for work, if needed)
Positive cases should separate themselves from others in their home to the best of their ability. If possible, keep a separate bedroom and bathroom for the sick person. For more information for household contacts on separating and cleaning, visit the CDC website at https://bit.ly/343B5Eb.
The Lincoln County Health Department only does follow-up with Lincoln County residents. If you reside outside of our county, the county you live in, will do follow-up with you.
Individuals should expect to come in contact with COVID-19 when leaving their home and take the proper precautions. It is very important for all community members to follow public health recommendations of avoiding large gatherings, staying home when sick, physical distancing, wearing face coverings and washing hands often. We all have a role in slowing the spread of COVID-19.