WARSAW — The Kosciusko County Health Department is using a survey aimed at the general public regarding COVID-19.
According to Nichole LaLonde, KCHD epidemiologist, the department is hoping to use survey responses to determine how many county residents may have contracted the virus in earlier months, as well as how many people are being turned away from testing.
“At the health department, we get mixed responses,” said LaLonde. “We hear of facilities testing regularly yet we hear the community stating they or someone they know is being turned away. This will help us determine if our county is sufficiently testing and how we may be able to accommodate more tests.”
In total, the survey has 11 questions, which include if survey takers are wearing face masks and following the statewide stay-at-home order.
LaLonde also said survey responses may help give insight on common underlying conditions within the community and how this may impact people’s health.
“These responses will not give us definitive answers, nor should this be a ‘diagnosis’ or confirmation of any sorts,” said LaLonde. “The Health Department has no control over who gets tested or how many get tested, but with better insight, we may be able to work to accommodate facilities in Kosciusko County to encourage more testing.”