Dr. Allison Arwady shares COVID-19 contact tracing plan, information on how Chicagoans can apply for a job

John Landecker

FILE – In this April 15, 2020, file photo, a smartphone belonging to Drew Grande, of Cranston, R.I., shows notes he made for contact tracing. Grande began keeping a log on his phone at the beginning of April, after he heard Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo urge residents to start out of concern about the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

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Dr. Allison Arwady, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, joins John Landecker to discuss today’s press conference with Mayor Lori Lightfoot about expanding the city’s contact tracing efforts. The Department of Public Health is aiming to create 600 full and part-time positions as part of the program. It is aimed not only to help recruit contact tracers, who will be paid $20 per hour, and supervisors, who will be paid $24 per hour, but also to help recruits develop professional skills that can be used to help gain entry into the healthcare field on a long-term basis. Arwady says these positions will be hired by the 31 community based organizations in addition to providing training. For more information or to potentially apply, visit the website here.

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