I’m a Librarian – and a Contact Tracer 

Submitted by CCCL_MichelleK

Part One: An Introduction to Contact Tracing  

Hello! My name is Michelle, and I’m one of the Librarians for Contra Costa County Library. Those of us who work in libraries are government employees known as civil servants – we’ve dedicated our professional careers to serving our communities. In the past, this has included providing free services including research and reference assistance, educational programming, support of teachers and schools, and connecting people with the resources that they need. As government employees, we are also designated Disaster Service Workers (DSWs) and have committed to helping our communities during emergencies. Between Florida, where I used to work, and California, I’ve been trained in DSW service for hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires and now to help fight COVID-19 through contact tracing. Since I’ve received lots of questions from people curious about what contact tracing actually entails, I decided to write this series of blog posts. 

Contact tracing is not new and has been used by health departments to track the spread of diseases for a while now. We conduct interviews with people and households that have been potentially exposed to coronavirus. These potential contacts are provided by individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 during their interview with the Case Investigation team. All records are confidential: contact tracers do not have access to any information on who may have exposed the contacts we call. To prepare for this position, I was required to complete in-depth trainings with UCSF Medical Center, Salesforce (designer of CalConnect, our database system), FEMA, and the County’s Public Health Department. In my next blog post, I’ll tell you more about what the interview is like.contact 

Be well. Stay safe. Wear a mask. Wash your hands. I hope to see you soon. 

Your Librarian, 

Michelle Krasowski 

Pinole Library/Hercules Library 

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