Watch this contact tracer’s heartfelt reaction to winning a Tesla

"I've never won anything like this in my life."

Kendy Valbrun, who works as a contact tracer in Massachusetts, won a Tesla in a company giveaway last week. Valbrun works for Healthcare IT Leaders and his heartwarming reaction was captured by coworkers.

“I’ve never won anything like this in my life,” Valbrun said, in tears, while his fiancé and fellow contact tracer Amber beamed over his shoulder.

His shocked smile at the news was followed by the realization that he’ll have to find an outlet to charge his new wheels.

“He (Valbrun) and others are trying to win a Tesla for referring the most new employees to our company,” read the video caption. “Kendy makes a LOT of referrals.”


Valbrun’s responsibilities as a contact tracer include speaking with people infected with COVID-19 and their close contacts to give them health and safety information. His original reason for joining the company is just as genuine as his reaction.

“My mom, who’s 68 years old, was in and out of the hospital with COVID. Then, in January 2021, she went into cardiac arrest. But, thank god, we still have her with us today. She is the reason why I wanted to do this, so I can reach out to as many people as I can to give them the information they need,” said Valbrun.

As of Wednesday, Massachusetts reported 14,647 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total confirmed case number up to 1,389,830. The seven day percent positivity average was 16.70% and 5,163,898 people are fully vaccinated.

Current Center for Disease Control guidance says that people who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or those who have been in close contact with someone infected with COVID-19 at least five days prior should get tested.

Due to his commitment to his role as a contact tracer, Valbrun was given a promotion to lead contact tracer, according to the company.


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