Medical staff needed in the city, contact tracing update

With COVID-19 cases spiking, health officials are making an urgent plea to find more staff and city officials are beseeching the community to do its part to slow the spread of the virus.

WATERTOWN — With COVID-19 cases spiking, Watertown health officials are making an urgent plea to find more staff and city officials are beseeching the community to do its part to slow the spread of the virus.

“We have reached a critical point in our community’s fight against COVID-19; it is crucial that the public understand that the challenges we are facing are real and urgent,” Watertown Mayor Emily McFarland said. “If we work together, we can reduce the spread and give our health care providers the balance they need to successfully fight this virus.”

Curt Oberholtzer, Watertown Regional Medical Center human resources director, agreed.

“COVID-19 is having an impact on our community and our employees. We are looking to hire support staff to supplement our current staff, including, registered nurses, patient care partners (CNAs, EMTs, LPNs), resident assistants (CNAs, CBRF) and hospitality associates (housekeeping),” said Oberholtzer. “We want to remind everyone that Watertown Regional Medical Center provides a safe environment for our employees, just as we do our patients.”

For a complete listing of opportunities, visit https://www.watertownregional.com/work-at-wrmc. Persons with questions are urged to contact human resources recruiter Susan Demick at (920) 262-4899.

Watertown Health Care Center human resources director Charlie Vilmar also is encouraging licensed nurses (CNAs, LPNs and RNs) to apply.

“If you are new to the health-care industry, we are also providing training and a path to get certified as a CNA,” Vilmar said.

To apply, visit the careers page https://jobs.apploi.com/profile/watertown-health-care-center or call the facility at (920) 261-9220. For more information on Watertown Health Care Center, visit https://www.watertownhcc.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/watertownhcc.

If individuals have any questions, they can contact Vilmar at (561) 464-1915 or email him at cvilmar@bedrockhcs.com.

Marquardt Village invites any individuals interested in applying for a position and who would like to inquire about the process to call human resources generalist Rachel Kuehl at (920) 567-8353 or email her at rkuehl@marquardtmanagement.com. Interested individuals can also visit https://marquardtvillage.org/careers.

The City of Watertown and the Watertown Department of Public Health is updating the community on the changes to its contact tracing, which have been put in place because of the upward trajectory of COVID-19 cases.

“At this point, the contact tracers are only going to attempt one phone call for positive cases and continue sensitive contact tracing,” said Carol Quest, Watertown Department of Public Health director and health officer. “After we have made one attempt, we will send a letter to the individual testing positive for notification purposes. Our positive cases trajectory has not decreased, and we simply cannot continue multiple phone call attempts to reach every individual who tests positive for the virus.”

Mayor McFarland urges the community to find small ways to help slow the spread. The City of Watertown is asking residents to remember how critical it is to continue to wear their face coverings, continue to practice social distancing and stay home if they are experiencing illness. These small steps make huge impacts in slowing the spread of COVID-19.

“We recently reported more COVID-19 deaths in our community, as well as a seven-day rolling average of 47 new cases per day,” McFarland said.

“We have reached a point where we simply cannot keep up with the volume of cases Watertown is experiencing. We are in a very critical position,” she said.

For local information and statistics, visit https://www.ci.watertown.wi.us/covid-19_community_updates/index.php.

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