1/13/2022- Due to the centralization of contact tracing to the IDPH Surge Center and the incredible increase in COVID-19 cases, it may not be possible for the IDPH or MCHD to provide letters to all people in isolation or quarantine. Therefore, we encourage businesses to stop requiring a return-to-work letter unless absolutely necessary.
Please refer to the following link for IDPH’s isolation and quarantine guidance and check back regularly in case there are changes or updates: https://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/community-guidance/quarantine-guidance.html
**As a reminder, the Macon County Health Department is not a testing site, and persons who are in isolation or quarantine should not come to the Macon County Health Department for any reason.**
Starting December 28th, 2021, all positive cases will receive an automated text message that states the following: “IDPH COVID: There is important info for you. Call 312-777-1999 or click: ttps://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/community-guidance/confirmed-or-possible-covid-19.html” Those who are 65 + will get an additional text message if the initial message does not result in a response. If someone has tested positive and they have not received a call or text message, they can call 312-777-1999.
Most positive cases and close contacts will speak with the IDPH Surge Center during the contact tracing process. The MCHD will still be involved in handling some cases plus outbreaks and clusters. The MCHD is still awaiting some details about the logistics of these changes and we will keep the public updated as we learn more.