COVID-19

New Mexico Department of Health hiring for 'contact-tracing' jobs

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Update: June 2    This job has been removed from the State Personnel website. The state received more than 2,000 applications for the positions. 

The New Mexican Department of Health is accepting applications for contact-tracing positions, a job that involves working with New Mexicans who have tested positive for coronavirus to identify people they may have been exposed to.

"The goal is to ensure that every individual who tests positive for COVID-19 is identified, isolated, monitored and supported through the isolation period and that all known contacts are also contacted, tested for COVID-19 and monitored," reads a press release from NMDOH."

The contact-tracing jobs range from entry-level through supervisory positions.

"Work will be done remotely, and hiring will be done virtually," the press release reads. "Qualifications include experience in a health-related filed or work with communities on social service matters, social work or case management."

Around 150 department of health workers are already engaged in contact tracing, some of whom were temporarily reassigned from other roles in the department. The new hires will add to that effort by joining one of five "contact-tracing teams" in the state, "with larger teams deployed to regions with higher numbers of cases."

As of noon Friday (May 22), a total of 152,767 tests for COVID-19 had been conducted in New Mexico, with 6,472 positive cases statewide and 22 in Taos County.

The department may add more positions over the summer.

To apply, visit the State Personel Office website at spo.state.nm.us.

As contact-tracing programs begin to grow throughout the country, several news outlets have reported  a rising number of scam calls and text messages from people posing as contact-tracers to get personal information.

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