Clark State to offer online coronavirus contact tracer training

Clark State Community College has been awarded a nearly $3 million federal grant to be used to help students and to offset expenses incurred due to the coronavirus. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
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Clark State Community College has been awarded a nearly $3 million federal grant to be used to help students and to offset expenses incurred due to the coronavirus. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

As Ohio begins to reopen businesses and shifts toward a strategy of tracking possible cases of coronavirus, we are quickly going to need contact tracers, or people trained to find and warn those who have been exposed to COVID-19.

To help fill this need, Clark State Community College announced yesterday that it would begin offering an online six-part training course on contact tracing.

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Lesli Beavers, director of Clark State’s Workforce & Business Solutions, said in the release, “This short-term training will quickly give individuals the confidence and knowledge to fill the immediate, important need for contact tracers.”

The Ohio Governor’s Office estimated that Ohio will need about 1,750 contact tracers by the end of June. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also encourages communities to train a large contact tracer force.

Clark State said in the release that the training will include information on the background of COVID-19, its epidemiology and symptoms, updates on the current emergency response, general methods to prevent spreading coronavirus, and specific precautions for those possibly exposed or symptomatic.

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The virtual training will cost $50, the community college said. Those interested should contact Lesli Beavers at beaversl@clarkstate.edu.