Sonoma County health officer Dr. Sundari Mase has long said that testing, tracing and isolation are at the core of the county's reopening strategy. Now, the county is seeking to hire contact tracers to keep up with the expected demand. The county's job website lists two openings for Community Health Workers and has hired 75 out of the first 150 they are seeking, according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.
Here's what the county is looking for:
"The ideal candidate for these positions will possess:
- Excellent communication skills and ability to establish rapport with clients
- The ability to document information in a detailed and timely manner
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
- The ability to work in a fast-paced environment
- Professional health training is not required, but knowledge of health topics is desirable"
Bilingual tracers will make a bonus of a little more than a dollar per hour. And those with some healthcare experience in the community can apply for Health Worker II versus Health Worker I. As described on the county jobs website: "Please Note: Community Health Worker II is the journey level for those with more substantial experience related to public health."
(Image: CDC Contact Tracing Training Booklet. Courtesy: CDC)