With COVID-19 continuing to be a threat to public health and safety, AmeriCorps is stepping up to help slow the spread with a new case investigator/contact tracer position this September. “To slow the spread of COVID-19, we need to follow where the virus may be spreading in our communities,” says Sadie O’Connor, managing director of Reading & Math, Inc. “Case investigation and contact tracing is essential because it helps to quickly identify people who should stay home and away from others.”
A contact tracer has the important task of quickly identifying and locating patients who have contracted COVID-19, assisting in arranging for patients to isolate themselves, linking patients with care and testing, and working with patients to identify anyone they may have been in close contact with so the contact tracer can locate them.
Members serving as case investigators/contact tracers will serve in the city of Minneapolis and commit to 20 hours a week. To help serve the community, candidates who are bilingual are especially needed. Some experience with public health or infectious disease control is also helpful. Members will begin their service in October and need to apply by September 25 to be part of this emergency response initiative.