Health Department

Joel Strasz - Public Health Director
Kathy Janer - Public Health Nursing Manager
Melissa Opheim - Public Health Services Manager/EPC
Amy Revette - WIC Manager
Mark Pickell - Business Services Manager
Joel Kwiatkowski - Environmental Health Manager
Dr. Thomas Bender - Medical Director
Dr. William Morrone - Medical Examiner
Bay County Health Department
1200 Washington Avenue
Bay City, Michigan 48708
Voice: (989) 895-4009
Fax: (989) 895-4014
Health Information Line: (989) 895-4192

COVID-19 Outbreak  Management

The on-going surge in new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) among Bay County residents has exceeded the capacity of the Bay County Health Department (BCHD) to be timely in completing case investigations by telephone. It is no longer possible to contact every case on the same day the new infection is reported to BCHD. Tracing close contacts and notifying them of the need to quarantine has been delegated to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).

Nevertheless it remains our goal that ALL cases in Bay County will be investigated. To optimize the efficiency and effectiveness of our efforts, BCHD invites Bay County residents who test positive for COVID-19 to complete the Case Interview Survey linked below, using this safe and secure tool to self-report your symptom history and provide identifying details for your close contacts.


Case Interview Survey 

  • Gather all necessary details (e.g. name, phone number, email, most recent date of exposure) for your close contacts BEFORE beginning the survey.
  • After you begin you cannot save your responses and return to the survey later.

Please note this survey can only be completed if:

  • You are a resident of Bay County; AND 
  • Your diagnostic test (molecular or antigen test) was positive for COVID-19 (i.e., does not include results from antibody tests); AND
  • BCHD staff have not already completed a full case interview by telephone.


Case Interview Survey Checklist 


 All of the information you provide will remain confidential and will not be shared with others. Your identity will not be disclosed when MDHHS notifies your close contacts of their exposure opportunity and directs them to begin quarantine.


BCHD is asking the public for patience and to follow these guidelines:

If you were notified that you tested positive for COVID-19:

1. Self-isolate: For most persons with COVID-19, self-isolation can be discontinued when all of the following conditions are met: 

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptom onset; AND 
  • At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without use off ever-reducing medications; AND
  • Other new or recent onset symptoms (especially cough, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea) have resolved or substantially improved.


 2. Notify all your close contacts immediately yourself: Close contacts might include your household members, friends, coworkers, or others. CDC defines a close contact as any person who spent 15+ minutes (cumulative over any 24 hour period) within 6 feet of you during your infectious period(beginning 48 hours prior to the date when your symptoms began or else your test sample was collected, if you remain free of symptoms).


If you were notified that you were a close contact to a positive case of COVID-19:

1. Quarantine: Stay home until 14 days after the most recent date of exposure. If you remain in close contact with a COVID-19 case (e.g., in your household), then your 14-day quarantine countdown will not begin until the end of the case’s infectious period (i.e.,10 days after the case’s symptom onset or else the case’s sample collection date if the case was free of symptoms when tested).

2. Monitor for symptomsYou might or might not be infected as a result of the exposure. If infected, you might or might not experience symptoms of illness. You should closely monitor your health on a daily basis to identify the onset of any COVID-like symptoms including but not limited to fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, headache, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, congestion, or runny nose.

3. Seek testing as needed: Please note that a negative test result does not shorten the quarantine period. If you remain free of symptoms, BCHD recommends delaying testing until either (a) you develop symptoms or (b) closer to the end of the quarantine period. If you develop symptoms, you should seek diagnostic (molecular or antigen) testing immediately.