By NJ HealthSource for NJHealthSource.com
Governor Murphy has said that wide spread testing is necessary for our state to reopen. With this goal in mind, the state may need to hire “…anywhere between roughly 1,300 all the way up to over 7,000 people to take on this work” explained Murphy.
Why does the state need to hire so many individuals for this job? State health officials estimate the necessary amount of contractors to be “15 to 81 persons engaged in contact tracing for every 100,000 residents.”
To ensure contact tracing is done effectively, “Whenever a new positive COVID-19 test is returned, we must be able to leverage not just that individual’s recollections, but also employee new technologies to help identify those with whom that individual may have come into contact,” Murphy said in April. “We will need to recruit and deploy an army of contact tracers whose sole purpose will be to identify these individuals so we can follow up and ensure they do not contribute to further spread of COVID-19.”
During his daily briefing, Governor Murphy stated tracers would be paid $25 per hour and their week would not exceed 35 hours per week. There will be full and part-time positions available.
If you are interested in applying, please visit https://covid19.nj.gov/forms/tracer
Note: Are you interested in assisting New Jersey’s contact tracing efforts? You’ll be notified when opportunities become available.
“Contact tracing is a full time commitment given the training requirement and access to various necessary systems. In order to work effectively, we will be scheduling people 7 days a week between 8am-8pm, but not to exceed 35 hours per week. To learn more about contact tracing, you can complete this free training which will be required for all contact tracers.
Note: the following information is subject to the State of New Jersey’s Privacy Notice.”