The McLean County Health Department is located at 200 W. Front St. in Bloomington, Illinois.

The Illinois Department of Public Health moved to a centralized statewide program for COVID-19 disease investigation and contact tracing Thursday.

The McLean County Health Department’s involvement has decreased as the IDPH Surge Center has taken over. People who have tested positive will now be notified via text from the IDPH.

A press release from the MCHD announced contact tracing will focus on people with the highest risk of illness or hospitalization.

As positive cases continue to grow, low-risk people who have tested positive or come in close contact with people who have tested positive may not receive a call before their isolation period has ended.

Release from isolation letters will be sent by IDPH and no longer be sent by the MCHD. Businesses should prepare for delays or stoppages of letters.

Those who have tested positive for COVID-19 can call the IDPH Surge Center at 1-312-777-1999 and opt to receive additional contact by leaving a message. 

SEAN MORRISON is a News and Features Editor for The Vidette. He can be contacted at Follow Morrison on Twitter at @ seanmorr122  

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