A new contact tracing process for Illinoisans living in Wayne County will go into effect on Thursday, Jan. 13.
The Wayne County Health Department says that as of Jan. 13, all positive cases of the virus within the community will be sent to the Illinois Department of Public Health Surge Center to help automate the information provided to individuals who test positive.
The health department says that this will help alleviate the pressure currently being felt by local health workers.
"Right now, county health departments, healthcare providers, and hospitals are overwhelmed," a statement from WCHD says. "IDPH determined that centralizing contact tracing may help address the high volume of cases for all health departments."
The health department says that from now on, residents of the county who need letters for release from work will have to request them from the IDPH Surge Center.
You can see the full statement from the Wayne County Health Department on its Facebook page.