Thursday morning, the Cowley County Health Department was alerted to phone calls being received by citizens throughout Cowley County.

The calls are from a 1-800 prefix (one specific number was 1-800-737-8423), begins with the message, ‘We are calling on behalf of the Cowley County Health Department’, and continues to tell the recipient that they have been exposed to COVID-19 and to call their office immediately to schedule testing.  Please know that this is absolutely a scam.  The City-Cowley County Health Department has NOT authorized any outside agencies to contact exposed citizens on our behalf.  If you have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus and the health department is aware as a result of contact tracing, you will be contacted by them directly.  The phone number that will show on your caller ID will be a local number as well.


If you receive one of the scam calls, please hang up immediately.  Thank you for your cooperation.  Be safe and stay well.