Our disease investigators help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Contact tracing is one of our most effective public health strategies. Whenever a disease outbreak happens—whether it’s measles, pertussis, tuberculosis or COVID-19—our disease investigation team gets to work to help prevent the spread.
We have a strong track record with this work and a knack for building relationships with people. They trust our guidance—and follow it—when we need them to take steps that keep others from getting sick.
Building a team to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Pierce County.
We’re looking for people to join our COVID-19 disease investigation team. We are expanding our workforce so we can keep our community healthy if we see an increase in COVID-19 cases.
Our team consists of:
- Case and Contact Investigators.
- Facility Case and Contact Investigators (drop teams).
- Administrative Support.
- Lab Coordinators.
What does the team do?
Case and contact investigators interview people who have or might have COVID-19—and their close contacts. They find out when people were sick and where they went to learn who else might be infected. They get in touch with close contacts. They ask people to isolate or quarantine and connect them with a place to stay if they can’t do so safely in their homes.
Facility investigators help to control outbreaks of COVID-19 through education, testing and guidance. They work closely with places like:
- Long-term care facilities.
- Local businesses.
Care coordinators help support people in isolation or quarantine.
Lab coordinators work with local labs and testing locations to process tests.
Administrative support and supervisors help the team with its fast-paced work.
The investigation team is a dynamic group that adapts to the needs in Pierce County communities.
What we need from team members
You must be willing to work collaboratively and flexibly. You must show professionalism and value serving diverse groups of people as we work towards community healing from the COVID-19 pandemic. Some positions may require a clinical license or certificate or specialized skills.
Our data shows COVID-19 affects Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, Latinx, African-Americans and Native Americans more than other groups. We especially seek bi-lingual qualified people who are part of these communities.