My name is Beth Midanik-Blum, and I am a Teams Manager for the Tracing Health Program and I work in the Central Valley, California. My role as the teams manager is to provide supervision and support to our micro teams. I oversee four different teams who are active in over five counties in the state of California.
I work with contact tracers, supervisors and resource coordinators directly. It is extremely important to get to positive cases quickly because the quicker you are able to talk to someone who has COVID-19, hopefully the less exposure they give to others and therefore we are able to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
So it does make a big difference if you are able to call someone who was tested for COVID-19 yesterday and you call them today to let them know about their positive result, let them know the instructions for isolation, quarantining, alerting their contacts, etc, you’re far more likely to reduce the spread versus calling them five days later when potentially they went to the grocery store again or were out and about, went to school, played soccer. You can reduce all those events from happening if you’re able to contact a case in a timely manner.
At the end of the day, I want to know that I made a difference in the reduction of cases of COVID-19.