NCDHHS hiring contact tracers in local communities

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RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — There are now 9,142 confirmed COVID-19 cases in 95 counties, with 306 deaths and 473 patients currently hospitalized. Now, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is ramping up efforts to get the virus under control.

During a news conference Monday afternoon, Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen announced the NCDHHS will double its number of contract tracers to 500, hiring people across the state.

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“Contact tracing is the process of supporting patients and notifying contacts of exposure in order to stop the chain of transmission of the virus,” Cohen said. “The new collaborative will hire and train local staff that will support local health departments’ contact tracing efforts.”

Dr. Cohen says special consideration will be given for those who are unemployed and have community engagement experience. You can apply here to be a contact tracer.

Cohen also announced a new list on the NCDHHS online COVID-19 Dashboard, naming nursing homes and similar facilities that have seen coronavirus outbreaks.

According to that list… there are outbreaks at three facilities in Columbus County. Tabor Commons has seen four cases, Liberty Commons has seen 12 cases and one death, and Premier Living & Rehab Center has seen 22 cases and three deaths.

No other counties in the Cape Fear have any facilities on that list.