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Lassen Public Health: Shifting Public Health Case Investigation, Contact Tracing and Outbreak Investigation Priorities

Lassen County Public Health announced on March 4th, that the agency will be limiting case investigation and contact tracing to the general population in order to shift their efforts and priorities to high-risk individuals or settings.

According to the brief press release Public Health will no longer monitor individual positive cases or send quarantine and isolation orders when receiving a positive COVID-19 test. LCPH will ensure high-risk individuals and businesses with outbreaks will continue to be monitored.

LCPH will continue COVID-19 testing on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 to 11:00a.m., and results will be received via phone call. If a paper copy is needed, please inform staff at the time of the phone call, or call LCPH at 1.530.251.8183 during normal business hours.

Due to these changes, LassenCares will only be reporting new cases, total cases, hospitalization count, death count, positives that are fully vaccinated and hospitalizations that are fully vaccinated.

The Public Health Department encouraged the public to continue slowing the spread of COVID-19 by wearing masks and getting tested if you feel sick – regardless of vaccination status. Please stay home and test for COVID-19. If you receive a positive test, isolate yourself for 5 days.

LCPH also recommended getting vaccinated: Current recommendations for boosters are for everyone age 12-17 to get a booster dose of Pfizer at least 5 months after their last dose of their primary series. Everyone ages 18+ who received Moderna, Pfizer or Janssen to get a booster dose of either Moderna or Pfizer at least 5 months after their last dose of their primary series.

If moderately or severely immunocompromised, those who received a third dose when first recommended to do so, are eligible for an additional dose.

Moderate or severely immunocompromised qualifying for an additional dose is one of the following categories:

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress their immune response
  • People should talk to their healthcare provider about COVID-19 vaccination given their medical condition.

To read CDPH’s full guidance, please visit: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Guidance.aspx

Jeremy Couso
Jeremy Couso
SusanvilleStuff.com Publisher/Editor
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