That’s the figure contained in the minutes of last month’s McHenry County Board of Health meeting minutes:
COVID-19 Contact Tracing Grant
Ms. Adamson said this is a non-competitive grant through IDPH funded with federal dollars.
The award amounts were calculated at the time IDPH released the grant.
McHenry County was awarded $2,861,712 to build capacity and infrastructure to do contact tracing such as hiring additional staff, more mobility and hiring community health workers who can get out to very specific populations that are experiencing some of the disparities.
Ms. Adamson said it is a large amount of money to support health departments to do contact tracing.
Ms. Adamson was asked about the contact tracers.
Ms. Adamson explained we would work with an outside temp agency who would manage the interviewing process in conjunction with the department, and be responsible for hiring the tracers.
MCDH will write the job descriptions and the Nursing Division will decide who will be hired.
Mr. Marcussen asked what kind of training would be required.
Ms. Karras stated the Illinois Department Public Health is providing the training and is already available on I-TRAIN. They are using a national training model, combined with information specific to Illinois.
Ms. Adamson added the State also has developed a contact tracing platform called Salesforce that interfaces with I-NEDSS. It is currently being pilot tested before the State rolls it out in phases.
Communicable Disease (CD) & Epidemiology:
Investigations and contact tracking continues to be structured into three teams, COVID-19 community investigations, COVID-19 facility outbreak investigations, and all other reported infectious disease investigations and outbreaks.
The new State software platform for COVID-19 investigations and contact tracing was rolled out in McHenry County on July 16, 2020