Hopewell Township municipal officers are trying to find a full-time public well being nurse because the township grapples with an increase in COVID-19 circumstances.
The township committee launched an ordinance amending the excellent wage and wage plan to incorporate the title of public well being nurse at a gathering on Nov. 30. The general public listening to to undertake the ordinance is scheduled for Dec. 14.
Officers hope to rent somebody as quickly as doable and ideally by the top of the yr, and have already posted the job, they stated in the course of the assembly.
“This shall be a daily full-time workers place,” Enterprise Administrator Elaine Borges stated.
Borges had beforehand acknowledged in the course of the Nov. 30 township committee assembly that the township has been filling the place with a part-time individual supplied to them from the Capital Well being system.
“We’ve got gotten to the purpose with every thing happening with COVID and and so on. it’s an excessive amount of for a part-time individual,” she stated.
In response to the township well being division, Hopewell Township has historically had a part-time public well being nurse offering a wide range of companies, equivalent to communicable illness investigations, scientific companies to the group (e.g. blood stress screenings), immunizations and well being education schemes.
“Throughout the preliminary surge of COVID circumstances this previous spring, the township secured grant funding to carry on further part-time personnel for case investigations and make contact with tracing,” Well being Officer Daybreak Marling stated. “Because the pandemic continues, the township is looking for to make sure secure full-time protection for this position, which is able to contain continued case administration and help for COVID vaccination campaigns.”
Marling added that when employed, a full-time nurse will enable the well being division to develop scientific companies and outreach applications, permitting them to handle the wants of a rising inhabitants.
The week of the Thanksgiving vacation, Hopewell Township skilled a rise in COVID-19 circumstances. The well being division reported on Nov. 30 that the township had 49 new circumstances as of Nov. 26.
The township has had 265 optimistic circumstances with eight deaths from the virus, as of press time.