Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health (DBCH) has been awarded a $917,000 grant award from the New York State Department of Health to further build capacity for COVID-19 case investigation and contact tracing coordination, according to a county press release.
The grant funding will enable DBCH to hire five Public Health Advisors, including a senior supervisory position, for up to 18 months. Recruitment is now open and interested applicants can review job descriptions and apply online by Sept. 11 at the County’s website at www.dutchessny.gov/jobs.
The release explains that the grant is intended to increase local health department staffing to conduct rapid and complete case investigations, including ensuing that once contacts are identified, they are reached within 48 hours and have access to testing. The additional staffing will also be available for daily monitoring of cases and contacts and ensure any social support needs are being met and for effective isolation/quarantine.