County OK’s job descriptions for COVID response team

By 
Sam Klomhaus — Enterprise Staff Writer
Tuesday, March 30, 2021

The Park County Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the job descriptions for the Health Department’s COVID-19 response team.

Two job descriptions — one for a team member and one for a team manager — were approved.

Park County Health Officer Dr. Laurel Desnick told the commissioners the roles are being updated so the workers can be more flexible and move between tasks such as contact tracing, testing and vaccinating.

“This pandemic continues to evolve, and the Health Department’s role continues to evolve,” Desnick said.

The listed pay for a team member is $18 per hour and the pay for a manager is $25 per hour. Desnick told the commissioners the funds for the employees won’t come out of the county’s budget, and she expects the team to be in place for the next couple of months.

The Health Department has a huge number of volunteers at its disposal in addition to the paid workers, Desnick said, and some of the volunteers have turned down paid offers because they like volunteering.

One task the team members are expected to help with is the county’s mass vaccination efforts.

Desnick told the commissioners the Health Department, in partnertship with the other vaccine providers in the county, expects to vaccinate about 570 frontline essential workers Thursday at the Park County Fairgrounds.

About 70 vaccination appointments at that clinic remain open, Health Department director Alex Baukus said.

Appointments can be made  at the Health Department’s COVID-19 response website: https://park-county-coronavirus-response-parkcounty.hub.arcgis.com.

Park County’s COVID-19 testing efforts have seen an uptick in tests in the last two weeks or so, Baukus said, with new positive cases almost every day the testing site is open.