PHOENIX — Embry Health announced they are moving quickly to fill 500 new job openings in Arizona and across the U.S. as the demand for COVID-19 testing reaches record levels.
Officials reported that 46,950 appointments were booked for testing on Monday alone, with a total of 413,895 booked so far this month.
“We are doing everything we can to stop the spread of the virus and help our community,” said Raymond Embry, CEO, and co-founder of Embry Health.
Embry Health is looking to hire medical assistants, phlebotomists, nurses, site workers, and other openings. Positions include full- and part-time employees to work at the testing locations controlling traffic, checking people in, and handing out supplies.
The entry-level positions pay up to $20 an hour. Embry says they also offer a $200 bonus after working the first 40 hours and available overtime.
Testing demands have tripled since mid-December when the average number of appointments was 15,000 per day. Almost 38% of the tests are coming back as COVID positive as of Tuesday.
1/🚨🚨🚨 Multiple @EmbryHealth sites across the valley are experiencing operational delays due to unplanned staff absences. Our teams are working diligently and rapidly to reposition staffing. I'm so sorry that our text message servicing is not alerting fast enough.— Raymond Embry IV (@rembry) January 10, 2022
At least two testing locations closed due to staffing shortages in Tempe and Phoenix in the last week.
On Monday, Embry Health reported "unplanned" testing site closures due to staff absences. ABC15 received calls from people in line at one of the sites, saying no one had shown up after they waited in line for over an hour.
They are hosting a hiring event Wednesday night from 5 to 10 p.m., and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., at Mesa Community College. No experience is required and the company says qualified applicants can start as soon as the following day after hire.