Contact Tracing Frequently Asked Questions

Disclaimer: WEDCO District Health Department has discontinued contact tracing on an individual case basis. This includes the issuance of release letters for work or school.

For lingering questions concerning quarantine please visit: https://govstatus.egov.com/ky-healthcare-guidance 

I’ve Tested Positive. Why Haven’t I Been Contacted by WEDCO?

    Due to the advancements in COVID vaccination and treatment, WEDCO’s contact tracing efforts are being focused on long-term care facilities, detention centers, schools, and employers to stop the spread of disease. At this time, WEDCO District Health Department has discontinued contact tracing on an individual case basis. This includes issuing release letters.

    If you received a positive test through WEDCO, you will receive a copy of your results via the email provided at the time of testing. Please ask your employer to use this as proof that you tested positive and should be isolating. For questions regarding current isolation guidance, please see our General COVID FAQ with any questions you may have.

    If you received testing outside our facility, you should contact the lab or your physician’s office to request a copy of your COVID test. WEDCO cannot distribute patient records from other facilities.

    Why Haven’t I received my return to work form?

    Due to the advancements in COVID vaccination and treatment, WEDCO’s contact tracing efforts are being focused on long-term care facilities, detention centers, schools, and employers to stop the spread of disease. At this time, WEDCO District Health Department has discontinued contact tracing on an individual case basis. This includes issuing release letters. If a written document is required, it is appropriate that a copy of a positive lab or statement from the testing physician’s office be provided instead of a release letter. 

    I’ve been exposed. Why Haven’t I Been Contacted by WEDCO?

      WEDCO’s current contact tracing efforts are focused on long-term care facilities, detention centers, schools, and employers. Therefore, WEDCO is no longer contacting individual cases for tracing or issuing release letters on individuals who test positive for COVID-19.

      If a written document is required, it is appropriate that a copy of a positive lab or statement from the testing physician’s office be provided instead of a release.

      For guidance on what to do after exposure to a positive person, see “I’ve Been Exposed. What should I do?” – under our General COVID FAQ.  Additionally, close contact should follow up with their work and/or school for guidance on current quarantine protocols and discuss a return to work/school date.

      When should contacts get tested for COVID-19?

      WEDCO recommends those directly exposed to a positive patient test 5 days from last exposure. Symptoms of COVID-19 can develop 2-14 days after exposure to an infected person. Therefore, it’s possible to test positive at a later date.

      Regardless of the test result outcome, close contacts are required to complete a minimum 5-day quarantine, if unvaccinated or not boosted.  To view the latest quarantine guidance by vaccination status, see our General COVID FAQ.