Health Department Calling Contacts of COVID Patients

During the COVID-19 pandemic in Michigan, local health departments and staff from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services are reaching out to Michiganders who have tested positive as well as to the contacts of those individuals.

These public health staff officials are calling to check on health status, provide information about COVID-19, and share actions people should be taking to improve their health. They will also provide help for locating needed services. Officials are also collecting information to track the spread of the infection in the community.

Many people do not like to answer the phone if they don’t recognize the number, but Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Chief Medical Executive and Chief Deputy for Health, said, “We ask Michiganders to please answer these calls and return voicemails from the local health departments or the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.”

Local health departments and MDHHS will not offer medication for treatment or prevention of COVID-19.  They will not ask for Medicaid or other insurance information for billing purposes, and they will not request personal financial information such as a social security number or driver’s license number. If you are concerned or have a question about a call you received please contact the COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136.

Reporting for WGRT – Marty Doorn