(WUTR-TV) — Since the start of the COVID crisis, the Oneida County Department of Health has been tirelessly working 24/7. Now they’re calling on the residents for help again.
“Throughout this whole COVID response we’ve been working with the community and putting messaging out to let members of the community, both medical and non-medical, know that we were looking for extra help.” – Krista Drake, Public Health Educator, Oneida County Department of Health
In addition to contact tracing, volunteers can help by making phone calls, filing paperwork, and more, depending on your professional experience. To apply, send an email with your name, contact information and availability to firstname.lastname@example.org and if accepted, you’ll begin the training process.
“We do have a process of in our recruitment process of training, background checks, on-site training, computer training, as well as know you some building protocol training that we make sure that the volunteers are ready to go when they start.” – Krista Drake, Public Health Educator, Oneida County Department of Health
Once on-site at the county office building, training should only take a couple of days. So far, the county has a had a lot of residents reach out offering to help but Krista says they’re always accepting more.
“If you did volunteer and you haven’t heard from us we just ask for you patience we will get to you. We’d like to say thank you to everybody that’s again been here with us and those who have expressed their recent interest in volunteering with us.” – Krista Drake, Public Health Educator, Oneida County Department of Health