Health Officer Colette Scrimger and Medical Director Dr. Woodall updated County Commissioners on the status of coronavirus response in Barry County and of precautionary measures the Barry Eaton District Health Department is taking to contact and monitor individuals who may have been exposed to the virus.
BEHD is not doing actual testing at this time. That is done through a health provider or hospital. The Health Department has been pulling staff from some regular services to respond to the situation. BEHD does contact tracing when an individual has been referred for testing, and those contacts then self-quarantine with monitoring by the Health Department.
One of the issues right now is trying to make enough personal protection equipment available to health workers so they can safely do testing locally.
Dr. Woodall said as many public health measures are being implemented as possible to keep the number of cases as low as possible.