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For county, 1,000-strong group of workers and volunteers will be key to keeping a lid on coronavirus

Original post made on Jun 12, 2020

Santa Clara County is calling for the public to help ramp up its COVID-19 contact-tracing program, which needs an estimated 1,000 volunteers and workers by July 27, public health staff said.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, June 11, 2020, 7:10 PM

Comments (5)

Posted by Kevin
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Jun 12, 2020 at 6:39 am

How about the county actually pay those Contract Tracers and maybe they will have a program that will actually work. Plus they would be providing jobs as essential workers. A benefit for both the county and worker even if it is temporary.

Posted by Bruce Karney
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 12, 2020 at 2:11 pm

The County currently has 21,000 employees. It doesn't seem like a stretch to me that they could rapidly re-assign 5% of them to do contract tracing, along with whatever number of volunteers qualify. I agree with the previous poster that anyone doing this job should be paid. Even those of us who volunteer to work at polling places during elections are paid roughly $20/hour, and we are paid for the time we spend being trained for those roles.

Posted by Robyn
a resident of another community
on Jun 12, 2020 at 3:07 pm

Will there be Livescan background checks or other privacy and security protections for the people being tracked? This sounds like a widespread security/privacy breach waiting to happen.

And it does seem like a stretch for volunteers to spend at minimum 24 uncompensated hours each weeks.

Posted by Unemployed
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jun 14, 2020 at 4:51 pm

My unemployment runs out in December. If you decide to make it a paid position by then, and I don’t find another job, I will be happy to apply!

Posted by Also Unemployed
a resident of Slater
on Jun 15, 2020 at 10:46 am

@unemployed, I share your thoughts and your employment status. But I'd even start before December if the pay was right!

Expecting 1000 people to sign on for 6 months or more as unpaid customer service reps seems like wishful thinking. Also, kind of insulting. Wouldn't it be a boon to the local economy to hire 1,000 people laid off by the pandemic?

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