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CCBC to Hiring and Training Contact Tracers

Baltimore County has partnered with the Community College of Baltimore County to train people to train contact tracers, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. announced Tuesday.

Contact tracers track coronavirus transmission by investigating with whom COVID-19 patients came into contact. Once identified, those contacts may then be tested for COVID-19.

Building up Maryland’s contact tracing operation is one of the necessary steps for tracking and limiting the spread of coronavirus. While unveiling his “Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery” plan last Friday, Gov. Larry Hogan said so far the state has quadrupled its ability, employing 1,000 contact tracers.

The Baltimore County Health Department told Olszewski the county needs to hire at least 60 contact tracers and have ready to work by July. CCBC’s contact tracing training program will be free to participants and can be completed online in as little as three hours, Olszewski said.

Participants may be required to complete additional requirements set by a prospective employer, he added.

Olszewski said the training will not only allow participants to take on an “active role in fighting the virus,” but will also provide many jobless people with “much-needed employment during this crisis.”

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