The Province will hire approximately 500 additional health professionals to increase contact tracing around British Columbia, helping keep communities safe as it continues its COVID-19 restart plan.
Given the scale of the response needed for COVID-19, additional supports are necessary.
Some of these positions will also help to support public health services, such as providing education in communities, and possibly immunizing for influenza and other diseases. Reducing the number of people with the flu helps alleviate the burden on provincial laboratory testing infrastructure and protects acute-care capacity in B.C.’s hospitals as respiratory illness season approaches this fall.
As a Contact Tracer you will work with existing public health teams to help track down all those who may have been exposed and support people to self-isolate when necessary.
The Ministry of Health is working with Health Match BC and the Health Authorities to manage the recruitment process. These positions will be temporary and you will be hired by the Provincial Health Services Authority and the regional health authorities.
In addition, Contact Tracers will be recruited by the Health Authorities to increase their local pool of available public health professionals, while also providing a team of people that are available to be deployed throughout the province as needed.
Candidates will begin work in September 2020 and will be employed until the end of March 2021, with opportunity for extension if needed.
Eligibility criteria will differ by Health Authority. Eligible candidates must be active and in good standing with a healthcare regulatory body in BC. This includes individuals with Temporary Emergency Registration Status.
– Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer
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