Welcome to the Guilford County Department of Health’s Communicable Diseases information page.
To: Guilford County Healthcare Providers
From: GCDHHS – Public Health Division, Communicable Disease Program
Regarding: Communicable Disease Reporting
The Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Division, has a Communicable Disease Program that serves as the site and the lead for reporting and investigating all communicable diseases in Guilford County.
We are dependent on the private medical community and laboratories to report confirmed test results and to provide any needed additional information for the investigation and follow-up process. Prompt notification is critical to help “prevent and/or control the disease” and “to notify a person who may have been exposed to a disease or be at risk for contracting or spreading a disease”. In addition, the Public Health Division, Communicable Disease Nurses should be notified as soon as possible if high profile diseases are suspected such as, for example, invasive Meningococcal disease or Measles (see attached list with reportable diseases and time frame for reporting). The Communicable Diseases Program will work closely with the reporting provider or facility to quickly develop a plan for subsequent contact management, as well as communication with the public (when appropriate).
The Communicable Disease Program has two nurses to contact in order to report or discuss a communicable disease: Tammy Koonce RN BSN (336-641-6500) and Denise Smith RN BSN (336-641-5598). You may also call the GC DHHS Communicable Disease 24/7 On-call number which is: 336-641-2697.
Your continued cooperation in prompt reporting of communicable diseases is appreciated. Thank you in advance for your support and efforts that will continue to promote and protect the health of our citizens in Guilford County.