COVID-19 remains a serious health concern and Public Health is actively working to slow its spread, if not stop it.
It's Public Health's job to identify those with a contagious disease and track or trace everyone they've had contact with. This is called contact tracing.
Once a person has been identified with a contagious disease, Public Health Epidemiology staff or representatives will interview this person and/or their relatives to find out where they've been and who they've been in contact with. Then, the staff or representative will attempt to contact those people by phone, email or may go directly go to homes or other locations where people may have been in contact with the person carrying the disease to conduct further interviews and recommend treatment, if needed.
The information you provide can not only help keep you and your family from getting sick, but it will also be invaluable in slowing the spread of COVID-19, as well as any contagious disease.
Tracking down people who may have been in contact with a disease-carrying person is tough, tedious work. But it's a necessary task because it helps keep contagious diseases from spreading rapidly, allows public health to act preventively to keep others from getting infected --AND it can save lives.
For those interested in helping with contact tracing efforts, there are several places that are hiring:
Ed Billman (210-566-9995 or 210-601-8919, 24/7)
For intake, hotline and laboratory workers:
County Telephone Operator 817-884-1111
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