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County employees, once contact tracers, return to their normal jobs


(WBNG) -- As the fight against coronavirus winds down, some Broome County employees are returning to jobs they left long ago.

At the beginning of the pandemic, the county shifted many of its employees from their regular jobs to the health department.

At first, they became contact tracers, tracking the virus as it spread through the county. As the priorities shifted, these people staffed the county's mass vaccination site at SUNY Broome.

However, that mass vaccination site closed on June 9 as fewer people have sought out vaccines.

As a result, Broome County Executive Jason Garnar (D) told 12 News Friday most of these people have returned to their original postings; there are a few employees still staffing COVID pop-up vaccine clinics.

On top of this, Garnar said the county has more than 200 openings, but has struggled to fill them.

While this has been a common theme for many employers recently, Garnar said the county's hiring problem is roughly 5-10 years old.

Josh Rosenblatt

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