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Date: Oct 17, 2020

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Requisition No: 210144 

Agency: Department of Health


Position Number: 64936155 

Salary:  $30.00 PER HOUR 

Posting Closing Date: 10/23/2020 

Thank you for your interest in career opportunities with the Florida Department of Health in Lee County 

If you're looking to build a great career in public health - you've come to the right place.   

Many of our innovative and successful health programs are recognized throughout Florida.  


We hope you decide to join our team  


The Department of Health’s mission is to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county & community efforts   










Collecting COVID-19 specimens

Gathering comprehensive information on a patient diagnosed with Covid-19 within 48 hours of report received.   Identifying new cases daily in Merlin, faxed reports and other labs. Completing the Case investigation template following the Merlin Case Investigation guidelines. Determining infectious period and duration of exposure.  Determining needed isolation period. Provide any resources that the patient may need while in isolation such as but not limited to masks, health information and food issues. Ensure that the patient is aware of emergency warning signs and knows how to get emergency medical assistance. Educate patient on ways to prevent infection among those in the household. Elicit a list of all close contacts (being within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes) during the patient’s infectious period. If patient is unwilling to give a list of contact, inform the patient of the importance of reducing disease transmission and direct the case patient to immediately notify their contacts and recommend they self-isolate for 14 days from the date of their last exposure to the case patient.



  • A Valid Florida driver’s license and/or access to reliable transportation
  • Selected immunizations (MMWR Vol. 46/No.RR-18)
  • Participation in the direct deposit program within 30 days of employment as mandated per Florida Statute 110.113, 96-310, Laws of Florida
  • Licensure as a Registered Nurse in accordance with Florida Statute 464 or eligible to practice nursing in accordance with Florida Administrative Code 210-8.27 or possess a nursing multi-state license through the Nurse Licensure Compact.
  • Incumbent may be required to work before, during and/or beyond normal work hours or days in the event of an emergency.  Emergency duty required of the incumbent includes working in special needs or Red Cross shelters, or performing other emergency duties including, but not limited to, responses to or threats involving any disaster or threat of disaster, man-made or natural.
  • Ability to work varied hours including nights and weekends according to agency needs.
  • This position requires a security background check and drug screening.
  • Proof of education in the form of a degree or transcript.


Other duties such as but not limited to:

                Refer Case to TIMs/Call List.

                Refer to Contact Tracing Staff to call all the contacts and Data entry for Case input

                Assign case investigations to other staff that have become knowledgeable in that area

                Review case investigations for completeness.

                Report summary daily to Nursing Director/Epidemiologist/Director

                Providing specimen collection at community testing events



•Knowledge of scientific methods and principles.

•Knowledge of mathematics and statistics.

•Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, health agencies, physicians, individuals, and the public.

Ability to research, investigate, and report cases of communicable disease outbreaks.

•Ability to evaluate and interpret epidemiological and statistical data pertaining to the control of communicable diseases.

•Ability to present information clearly and concisely orally and in writing.

•Ability to learn and become proficient in the methods of prevention and control of communicable diseases.

•Ability to use electronic databases and other computer software packages.

•An understanding of patient confidentiality, including the ability to conduct interviews without violating confidentiality (e.g., to those who might overhear their conversations).

•Understanding of the medical terms and principles of exposure, infection, infectious period, potentially infectious interactions, symptoms of disease, pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic infection.

Excellent and sensitive interpersonal, cultural sensitivity, and interviewing skills such that they can build and maintain trust with patients and contacts.

•Basic skills of crisis counseling, and the ability to confidently refer patients and contacts for further care if needed.

•Resourcefulness in locating patients and contacts who may be difficult to reach or reluctant to engage in conversation.

•Understanding of when to refer individuals or situations to medical, social, or supervisory resources.

•Cultural competency appropriate to the local community.

This is an OPS (Other Personal Services) positions and as such no paid time off is offered. Health benefits will be offered for full-time employment.  OPS employees are eligible to participate in a deferred compensation plan.
Other Personal Services (OPS) employment is a temporary employer/employee relationship used solely for accomplishing short term or intermittent tasks.  OPS are at-will employees and are subject to actions such as pay changes, changes to work assignment and terminations at the recommendation of the employer.
This is an OPS (Other Personal Services) positions and as such no paid time off is offered. Health benefits will be offered for full-time employment.  OPS employees are eligible to participate in a deferred compensation plan.


State of Florida 401(a) FICA Alternative Plan* - mandatory

Workers’ Compensation – mandatory

Reemployment Assistance (Unemployment Compensation) – mandatory

Deferred Compensation – voluntary

Employee Assistance Program – voluntary 


Any form of paid leave

Paid holidays

Participation in the Florida Retirement System

Reinstatement rights or retention rights


Sections 110.131, 110.1315 and 216.011(1)(dd), Florida Statutes

Rules 60L-33.005 and 60L-34.001, Florida Administrative Code


**PLEASE NOTE** All responses provided to the qualifying questions for this vacancy advertisement must be verifiable on your State of Florida, Employment Application.

  • This position requires a security background check and/or drug screening and participation in direct deposit. Any misrepresentations or omissions will disqualify you from employment consideration. Note: You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in order to conduct this background check
  • Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS. For more information, please visit the SSS website:
  • If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement.
  • The successful candidate will be required to complete the Form I-9 and that information will be verified using the E-Verify system. E-Verify is operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration to verify employment eligibility.
  • Incumbents may be required to perform emergency duty before, during, and/or beyond normal work hours or days.
  • Certain veterans and spouses of veterans deemed eligible will receive preference in employment by the State (Career Service (CS) positions). 


If there are any problems applying online, please call People First Staffing Administration:

(877) 562-7287.

Service Center hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., ET. TTY users, call (866) 221-0268.



The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

Nearest Major Market: Fort Myers
Nearest Secondary Market: Cape Coral