Contact tracer hopes to help Malheur County residents cope with Covid and limit its spread

Nathaniel Stringer, a contact tracer for the Malheur County Health Department, writes down information between calls recently. Stringer said his job is rewarding as he helps those with Covid find resources and information. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).

ONTARIO – Nathaniel Stringer measures success one day at a time.

As a Covid contact tracer and case investigator for the Malheur County Health Department, he encounters triumphs and tragedies at unexpected times and in surprising ways.

One day he helps a single mother isolated at home and out of work because of a Covid exposure. She has a utility bill to pay.

Another day he works to find a hotel room for a local resident exposed to Covid who can’t isolate at home as health authorities want.

“That’s the pay off and it’s . . .