LMAS Health Department Starts Using New Software to Investigate COVID Cases | WJMN


LUCE, MACKINAC, ALGIERS AND SCHOOLCRAFT COUNTIES, Michigan (WJMN) – The LMAS District Health Department is now using new software called PEG (Patient Education Genius) to aid in case investigation.

With cases increasing rapidly in the four counties they serve (over 2,500 cases from August 1, 2021 to December 8, 2021), LMAS staff – even working at full capacity – are unable to investigate all of them. timely positive cases.

“Now, if you test positive for COVID-19, you may not receive a phone call from the Department of Health”
explains Nicholas Derusha, director and head of health at LMAS. “Unless you fall into a high risk category
depending on the age or type of job, you will receive an SMS or an e-mail containing a link to an online survey. We are
ask all residents of our four counties to search for this survey via text or email and complete it if they
receive it after being tested for COVID. The PEG system is HIPAA compliant and any information will not be
seen by LMAS investigative staff.

The new investigation covers symptoms, when symptoms first appeared and close contacts. It should take less than 15 minutes. LMAS investigators will review the information provided and contact symptomatic people as needed. Completing the form online instead of having a long phone call from investigators will be simpler and easier for the public and LMAS staff. Residents who have questions about COVID-19 can call the state’s COVID Information Center at: 1-888-535-6136 or email COVID19@michigan.gov.

It is mandatory to complete the survey for those who want or need an isolation or quarantine letter for their
employer. LMAS staff will continue to contact people with landlines.

What to do if you test positive for COVID:

• When you receive your test results, begin isolation immediately. Isolation lasts 10 days from
onset of symptoms (or from the date of the test if you are asymptomatic).
• Notify your close contacts and encourage them to quarantine themselves for a full 14 days.
• If you have questions about isolation or quarantine, call your local LMAS office and dial extension 111


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