Dodge County Public Health Adding Staff To Help With Contact Tracing

(Juneau) Dodge County Public Health will be hiring additional staff to help with contact tracing. Under the Dodge County Safe Restart Plan, the goal of health officials is to interview positive cases within 24 hours of diagnosis and contacts within another 24 hours. Dodge County Health Officer Abby Sauer says in an effort to maintain that goal they will be hiring four part-time, limited term employees to increase their contact tracing efforts. She says the weekly hours will vary as needed, with a minimum of 20 hours per week. The expected duration of the positions is through December.

Contact tracing allows public health to track the spread of COVID-19 and break the chain of virus spread. Sauer says this is accomplished by contacting those who have tested positive, learning who they have had recent contact with and then contacting those individuals to provide guidance on testing and isolation. She says staying home when one tests positive or is exposed to someone who is infected will be critical in stopping the spread.

The new public health staff will assist in facilitating communication and case management as well as increase the speed and efficiency with which individuals who may need to quarantine are identified and contacted. Sauer says the ideal candidates for the positions will be registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and medical assistants. Those interested in applying are encouraged to visit the Dodge County website, a link will be available with this news story at DailyDodge.com. // www.co.dodge.wi.gov