ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A St. Louis Alderman is calling on the city to hire more contact tracers, who can find people who’ve been exposed to others who test positive for COVID-19. The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) said health departments should have 30 tracers per 100,000 citizens.
Following those standards, the city would need to have 90 contact tracers to account for its more than 300,000 residents. A spokesman for St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson says the city has "more than 20" contact tracers, including 10 who work for the health department, four with the state and six medical students from Saint Louis University and Washington University in St. Louis. There are also five more WashU students in training to become contact tracers.
CONTRACE Public Health Corps is an urgent national effort to identify, screen & train individuals who are interested in working or volunteering as contact tracers.
They are accepting online applications to work with organizations who need to contact tracing teams. Their website says you must be a U.S. resident to apply and the application consists of 23 questions and will take less than 5 minutes to complete.
Governor J.B. Pritzker calls contact tracing crucial to Illinois's efforts to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus and says the state plans to start hiring contact tracers soon.
Anyone interested in becoming a contact tracer can click here, to fill out the form on the Illinois health department's website. Names of people interested will be forwarded to local health departments, which will do the hiring.