JoAnn Martin, APRN with the Pettis County Health Center, sent a letter out to businesses and organizations in Sedalia and the surrounding areas regarding a procedure change at the Pettis County Health Center.

Dear Business Leaders,


The volume of new cases is straining the ability of the Pettis County Health Center to keep up with notifying positive cases and contacts.  We are trying our best, but we know that there is an increasing delay in calling people as well as getting letters sent.


In an attempt to streamline the process, the Health Center we will no longer be providing individual letters for each person who is positive or is identified as a contact. Instead we will send an email to each employer with the positive cases and contacts that identify the employer and ask us to communicate with you.  On the list will be a column for positive cases along with anticipated release from isolation date and a column for contacts with their release date. We will continue to call the positive cases prior to their release date to make sure the individual meets the criteria for release from isolation. If a person needs to be extended we will notify you by email.  The new procedure will begin on Monday, November 16.


I understand that the letters are a validation for your records, however they are time consuming and resource intensive. We have gone through 1500 sheets of letterhead in a little over 2 weeks for letters that are scanned and then filed.


Thank you for your understanding. Please feel free to contact the Health Center at 660-827-1130 for questions.  We want to help you manage this challenging situation and keep your employees at work.




JoAnn Martin

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