COVID-19 Investigator

Steuben County

Posted 9/11/2020

Job Type: Full-Time/Temporary

Responsibilities

This position located in Steuben County, will monitor epidemiologic investigation and surveillance activities for involving people with laboratory-confirmed, probable, and suspected diagnoses of COVID-19. The incumbent will also be responsible to monitor the provision of technical assistance and health education to patients in order to interrupt ongoing disease transmission; provide guidance and education to staff; monitor and handle complex COVID positive situations; supervise staff and will perform other appropriate related duties.

This will be a temporary position, expect to last 21 months.

Travel within Steuben County, will be expected.

Duties

Initiate investigations for confirmed cases in state surveillance system.

Oversee the collection of data on suspected positive of COVID-19 cases through medical record review and/or interviews with patients; monitor the gathering of information including symptom history, source of illness, list of close contacts, and activity history while infectious.

Conduct and provide oversight for the conduct of comprehensive assessments and daily monitoring of positive cases; provide oversight for providing patients with instructions for isolation and make appropriate referrals to testing, clinical services, and other essential support services;

Monitor and oversee the review of patient demographic, location, laboratory, clinical, and risk information available in health department surveillance systems or other data systems in order to determine investigation priorities.

Provide guidance to staff on the facilitation of referrals for additional testing and medical evaluation as indicated (e.g., clinical assessment due to symptoms, medical clearance prior to return to work).

Provide guidance and education on COVID-19 control measures. Provide oversight for identifying appropriate referrals to a healthcare provider.

Coordinate and provide oversight and guidance to staff for the identification of community settings (e.g., workplace, retail, travel) that may require further investigation. Provide guidance to staff to identify inter-jurisdictional exposures (e.g., live in one county/state and work in another county/state, travel for work or leisure to another county/state/country).

Oversee the documentation of pertinent information in COVID-19 contact tracing forms.

Monitor the quality of data; data uses and outcomes.

Coordinate, track, and provide oversight for monitoring program progress and goals; make recommendations for improvements and implement solutions.

Minimum Qualification

Preferred Qualifications

A registered nurse is preferred, but will consider Licensed Professional Nurse or degree in a related field. Applicant should have experience in public health, epidemiology or a closely related field; experience conducting telephone-based or in person interviews; experience analyzing and presenting data; experience with health education, community outreach, linkage to care, and/or social services.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in nursing or a related field and three years of experience providing direct patient/client services in a health, human service or community-based organization, or institutional setting; OR an Associate’s degree in a related field and five years of such experience. A Master’s degree in a related field may substitute for experience.

The experience may include communicable disease, mental health, or alcohol/substance abuse counseling. School health offices are considered an institutional setting and health care providers, such as private physician’s offices are considered health care settings; AND/OR performing oversight activities in a health regulatory organization to determine compliance with appropriate laws, rules or regulations; AND/OR performing responsibilities as a registered nurse; AND/OR conducting epidemiological research including assisting data collection, conducting patient interviews, abstracting medical records, participating in study design, and developing questionnaires AND/OR data analysis. Research must have involved the study of incidence, spread, AND/OR control of communicable or chronic diseases. Laboratory bench research will not be considered qualifying experience.

 

The incumbent in this position will be required to have a telephone/mobile device, computer, and internet access. The technology requirements are as follows: PC with Windows 10, Antivirus Protection; or Mac with Apple OS X 10.15 (or later), Antivirus Protection.

Salary: $44,000-$54,600

To Apply

Send resume to Publichealth@steubencountyny.gov