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Delaware County has recently seen a significant increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases. In order to ensure a more sustainable response effort to the pandemic, Delaware County Public Health (DCPH) will be transferring the initial response and contact tracing to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) effective on Friday, October 9. This transition will allow DCPH to focus its resources on how they can best meet the needs of the community as cases continue to rise and also as we move into the influenza season.

IDPH will make the initial phone call to positive COVID cases and those identified through contact tracing. This phone call will cover important information that people need to know about testing positive and will review who they had physical contact with prior to the positive test. IDPH will then refer residents to DCPH if they need more help and resources. It is very important that residents answer these contact tracing phone calls and be aware they will be coming from non-local phone numbers.

“Delaware County Public Health takes great pride in being a resource to our community and working to improve their health,” shared Amy Mensen, RMC Chief Operating Officer. “Allowing the Iowa Department of Public Health to take over COVID-19 contact tracing will give our local team time and resources to focus on our residents in Delaware County who need help in all public health areas, not just COVID related concerns.”

Delaware County Public Health is committed to our community and is ready and available to help you. If you need resources or help in connecting with professionals, please contact Delaware County Public Health at 563-927-7551.