SOUTH EAST IDAHO (KIFI) – As COVID-19 cases continue in the region, case researchers from Southeastern Idaho Public Health (SIPH) are asking residents to self-report symptoms and other illness data through a secure online questionnaire.
Covid-19 case researchers will send COVID-19 positive patients secure text, which will include a link to a questionnaire, which will ask a list of questions about their symptoms. This questionnaire helps epidemiologists detect the disease and collect COVID-19 data.
“Help us continue to monitor this disease by reporting your illness through the secure online questionnaire,” said Maggie Mann, SIPH district director. “It’s also important to let your closest contacts know as soon as you get your test results so they can take precautions as well.”
The steady stream of cases in our area means for some it could take days for the health district to contact those who are COVID-19 positive by phone. The process of texting the link for the positive cases questionnaire makes it easier and faster to collect information and communicate.
SIPH wants to remind residents of the steps to take if they test positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
- If you have symptoms of COVID-19, get tested and stay away from others while you wait for results.
- If you test positive, isolate yourself for 10 days since the first symptoms appeared and 24 hours without fever (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and other symptoms improve.
- If you test positive but have no symptoms, isolate yourself for 10 days since you tested positive.
- If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, isolate yourself and wait 5-7 days before getting tested. If you choose not to test, isolate yourself for 10 days since the last exposure. If you choose to test, end isolation after Day 7 upon receipt of a negative test result (testing should be on Day 5 or later).
- Anyone who has been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 and who meets the criteria below does NOT need to stay at home.
- Someone who has been fully vaccinated and shows no symptoms of COVID-19. However, fully vaccinated people should be tested 5-7 days after their exposure, even if they have no symptoms, and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days after exposure or until their test result is negative. Or someone who has had COVID-19 illness in the past 3 months and has recovered and still has no COVID-19 symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath).
Whether unvaccinated or vaccinated, it is recommended that everyone over the age of two wear a mask indoors and in crowded outdoor areas. In addition to wearing a mask, other simple preventive measures are recommended, including frequent hand washing, avoiding major events, and staying home if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or are sick.
SIPH is urging the community to schedule their appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine. Visit www.siphidaho.org to find a vaccine supplier. For more information, call the COVID-19 hotline at 208-234-5875.