An employee of the Vital Records office of the Chatham County Health Department has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee became symptomatic on Monday, March 30th, and left work to self-isolate at home. Health Department administrators were notified of the lab-confirmed diagnosis on Sunday evening, April 4th.
We believe the risk of exposure to clients is low. Vital Records provides birth and death records and is housed in the Chatham County Health Department building at 1395 Eisenhower Drive in Savannah. A pane of glass separates clients from the Vital Records staff members, so close contact is unlikely. Recent clients of the Vital Records office are advised to take the same precautions as all residents: avoid unnecessary contact with people outside your household, cover your nose and mouth when in public spaces like grocery stores and pharmacies, and call a physician if you develop symptoms.
Coastal Health District staff have notified all the employees who may have been exposed. All employees of the Vital Records office will self-quarantine and the Chatham County Health Department Vital Records office will be closed until at least Tuesday, April 14th.