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Marathon County scales up contact tracing effortsSubmitted: 05/31/2020
Andrew Goldstein
Andrew Goldstein
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agoldstein@wjfw.com

Marathon County scales up contact tracing efforts
WAUSAU - Public health departments rely on contact tracing to stop coronavirus outbreaks before they happen.

But they can't do it without people to make the calls.

The Marathon County health department is hiring part-time contract workers to perform contact traces.

That involves determining how many people have been exposed to coronavirus by contact with a known positive case.

Those people are then contacted, tested and potentially quarantined.

People who are interested can apply by emailing a resume to jobs@westphalstaffing.com with "Contact Tracer: Referral Marathon County Health Department" in the subject line.

Judy Burrows from the Marathon County health department was very specific in describing what she's looking for from a potential hire.

"We're looking for somebody that has an interest and a desire to do this work," Burrows said. "Good people skills are important, paying attention to detail, that is very important, being able to document the information that we need."

The Centers for Disease Control considers contact tracing an essential measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Two weeks ago, Gov. Tony Evers announced that $75 million of federal funds will go toward enhancing the state's contact tracing efforts.




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