GURNEE, Ill. – State Rep. Joyce Mason, D-Gurnee, is highlighting the Lake County Health Department’s COVID-19 case investigator job openings and urging local residents to apply. The positions are part of the county’s contact-tracing program, which identifies and alerts individuals who have interacted with someone who has recently tested positive for the coronavirus.

“Our county’s team of COVID-19 case investigators has played a critical role in preventing our local hospitals from being overwhelmed during Illinois’ second wave of infections. Their work over the past several months has kept residents better protected from this virus and saved countless lives,” Mason said. “I encourage anyone who is searching for work and is interested in taking a more active role in the fight against COVID-19 to consider applying to become a contact tracer.”

To be eligible to apply for a contact-tracing position at the Lake County Health Department, residents must have a high school diploma and good communication and organizational skills. Lake County COVID-19 case investigators are paid $18 an hour. To apply or find more information, please visit

“After a dark nine months, I am thankful that we’ve begun administering vaccines in Illinois. We’re finally seeing a sliver of light at the end of the tunnel, but we are not out of the woods yet,” Mason said. “COVID-19 is still spreading throughout our community, and we will continue losing lives to this disease until vaccines become widely available. In the meantime, I urge everyone to cooperate with contact tracers and continue taking every possible precaution to keep ourselves, our neighbors and our families safe from this virus.”  

Rep. Sam YinglingRep. Sam Yingling

(D-Round Lake Beach)
62nd District

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