|Date Posted||September 11, 2020|
COVID-19 Communicable Disease Investigator -
The work 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. Certain assignments made to employees in this position will require
reasonable access to transportation to meet fieldwork requirements made in the
ordinary course of business in a timely and efficient manner.
- Interview 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
- 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
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.
Current student or graduate from a college of public health, medical science, college
of nursing, or school of medicine.
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