© 2022 WNIJ and WNIU
Northern Public Radio
801 N 1st St.
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-753-9000
Northern Public Radio
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
WNIJ News
WNIJ News and NPR is committed to connecting you with the latest news related to COVID-19 in northern Illinois and across the country. We are taking precautions to keep staff safe while providing you with the resources you need. Thank you for your continued support which allows us to remain your trusted source on the coronavirus pandemic.

Winnebago County Health Department Receives $4.9 Million For Contact Tracing

WCHD.jpg

The Winnebago County Health Department has received a sum of money from the federal government to improve its contact tracing efforts. 

Publich Health Administrator Sandra Martell said $4.9 million will go toward hiring 51 temporary full-time employees for the effort. She says there will be a variety of positions, including clerks, disease investigation specialists, and epidemiologists.

Dedicated teams will address long-term care facilities, congregate settings, and other areas such as schools and childcare centers. The Department hopes to have the positions filled by June 30th. 

Martell also encouraged area residents to fill out the census if they haven't already, as those numbers, she said, play a role in local funding allocations.