Kishwaukee College Workforce and Community Education will offer an online Contact Tracer class the first two weeks of November. Contact tracers work with people who have been diagnosed, or exposed, to highly communicable diseases including the coronavirus. They relate information regarding quarantine, testing and public health resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. The classes will be conducted virtually.
Melissa Gallagher is coordinator of short-term training at Kishwaukee College.
“I just think that being able to offer the opportunity if people are looking to learn more about what contact tracing is all about, and to help go about learning the skills,” said Gallagher. “We looked at what the other schools were doing and we felt that maybe offering a little bit more time for people to take the class because some of the classes were shorter.”
Individuals trained as contact tracers are in high demand due to the pandemic, especially for those who are bilingual.