Disease Investigator (similar to Contact Tracer)

TEKsystems, Inc - Owensboro, Kentucky
September 10, 2020
COVID-19 Communicable Disease Investigator (DI) -
The majority of the DI role will be performed from your own home. The first two weeks will consist of training at the Health Department in Owensboro, KY. After the first two weeks of training, the DI will go back to the health department every couple of weeks (for meetings etc.)
The Disease Investigator role involves responsibility for investigating situations concerning individuals who have been in contact with COVID-19, which could result in possible sources of infection.
The work includes locating patients of COVID-19 and persons with whom they have had contact. Investigation procedures involve contacting various information sources such as welfare agencies, neighbors, hospitals, work locations, restaurants and bars. The investigator is primarily concerned with locating persons who should be examined for acute infection.
General supervision is received from an administrative superior with leeway allowed for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative in carrying out the mandate of the Kentucky Department for Public Health.
Typical work activities include:
- Phone interviews patients to elicit information regarding their contacts to COVID-19 positive patients and to determine possible personal and health history related to transmitted diseases.
- Educates and counsels patients regarding transmitted diseases and risk reduction.
- Locates persons who have been reported to have COVID-19 or who have been in contact with infected individuals; directs these individuals to submit necessary laboratory specimens and such other necessary control measures.
- Induces persons who have been in contact with COVID-19 to have medical examinations and laboratory testing as applicable.
- Provides information and education on COVID-19 to phone inquiries.
- Conducts interviews with persons who are COVID-19 positive and assists them in informing their close contacts of their positive status.
- Conducts investigations to discover unreported cases.
- Performs a variety of duties relating to the preparation of reports, entering personal data on patient registers and preparing correspondence to send to patients who are in need of medical examination and treatment.
- Maintains records on all delinquent and/or non-conforming patients.
- Prepares individual narrative reports concerning work procedures and certain patients.
- Utilizes appropriate methods for interacting effectively and professionally with persons of all ages and from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, educational, racial and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, lifestyles and physical abilities.
Minimum Qualifications
- Graduate, MS preferred, from a college of public health, medical science, college of nursing, school of medicine or health related field
- Ability to exhibit a professional, positive attitude and work ethic
- Excellent interpersonal skills required and ability to interact professionally with culturally diverse individuals during a time of crisis and distress
- Ability to show empathy to distressed individuals
- Excellent organizational and communication skills
- Ability to handle confidential information with discretion and professionalism
- Proficiency with computers
- Experience in social work or public health is preferred
About TEKsystems:
We're partners in transformation. We help clients activate ideas and solutions to take advantage of a new world of opportunity. We are a team of 80,000 strong, working with over 6,000 clients, including 80% of the Fortune 500, across North America, Europe and Asia. As an industry leader in Full-Stack Technology Services, Talent Services, and real-world application, we work with progressive leaders to drive change. That's the power of true partnership. TEKsystems is an Allegis Group company.