Cook County Health to add 466 positions for contact tracing, social distancing

Budget plan files shared with Beckers Hospital Review show the majority of the new positions (374) are at the Cook County Department of Public Health for contact tracing and the rest are to accommodate social distancing at the Cook County Jail..

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Thursday, October 15th, 2020

Cook County Healths plans also include filling a $187 million budget plan shortage for 2021 through 130 layoffs, outpatient clinic consolidation and minimized reliance on agreement employees..

Cook County Health, Chicagos public health care system, anticipates to include 466 new positions connected to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a representative.

The contact tracing and prison positions are both part of Cook County Healths budget strategy for 2021, which begins Dec. 1.

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As part of budget plan preparation, the health care system is investing to continue to attend to problems associated with the pandemic, Caryn Stancik informed Beckers Hospital Review.

The healthcare system includes 2 medical facilities, a network of more than a lots community health centers, the Cook County Department of Public Health, Correctional Health Services, and a Medicaid handled care health insurance for Cook County homeowners. It likewise consists of the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center and a Medicare Advantage plan..