What is Contact Tracing?
In contact tracing, public health staff work with an individual who has a positive test for COVID-19 to help them recall everyone with whom they have had close contact during the timeframe while they may have been infectious.
Delaware’s Plan for Contact Tracing
Governor John Carney announced on May 12 that the State of Delaware and the nonpartisan research institution NORC at the University of Chicago would work together to build Delaware’s statewide contact tracing program, adding as many as 200 contact tracers. In the meantime, members of the Delaware National Guard have been trained and are supplementing the work being done by the the Division of Public Health.
Apply to be a Contact Tracer
- Apply to be a part time contact tracer for Delaware on NORC’s website. The new Delaware paid positions will be around 25 hours per week, candidates must be flexible about working nights and weekends, and have their own IT equipment.
- Apply to be a field contact tracer with the State of Delaware. This includes going out in the field to conduct in-person interviews with individuals that have tested positive for COVID-19, and people they have been in contact with over the past few days. The ability to read, write and speak Spanish and/or Haitian Creole fluently is preferred, but is not required. Read more on the State of Delaware Jobs Website.
- Apply to be the Field Director for the contact tracing program with the State of Delaware. This position will serve as a Field Director in the community for Contact Tracing for the COVID-19 response. The incumbent will oversee staff going out in the field to make contact with individuals who cannot be reached by phone. This position will be responsible for providing guidance to field staff, troubleshooting issues, and providing daily reports to leadership.
- Apply to be an Epidemiologist II or Epidemiologist III with the State of Delaware. See the job descriptions for more details.
Press Release: Governor Announces Statewide Contract Tracing Plan
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