Pennsylvania is hiring more COVID-19 contact tracers.
The state has allocated $23 million in federal funds to recruit, hire, train and support 1,000 new contact tracers, adding to the current group of 654 tracers.
“Across Pennsylvania, we have dedicated public health professionals who truly are the backbone of contact tracing, and this expansion of the contact tracing team will only support, strengthen and expand their efforts,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine. “This project will bolster and diversify our public health workforce all while coordinating and mobilizing efforts in order to conquer any potential surge in COVID-19 cases. We are eager to onboard and train this new cohort of public health professionals to help identify, notify, and monitor anyone who came in close contact with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19.”
Contact tracers can earn $18-$22 an hour while supervisors could make $22-$24 an hour.
The state is working with a staffing agency called Insight Global to staff the new positions. The Wolf administration says the recruitment efforts will focus on those who lost a job due to COVID-19 and will be representative of the diversity of Pennsylvania.
These new contact tracers will all work remotely.