N.Y.C. Hired 3,000 Workers for Contact Tracing. It’s Off to a Slow Start. - Bio-Defense Network
Jun 2020

N.Y.C. Hired 3,000 Workers for Contact Tracing. It’s Off to a Slow Start.

The program is crucial to the next phase of reopening, which begins on Monday. But workers have not had much success in getting information from people who test positive.

Sharon Otterman writes in the New York Times that New York City’s ambitious contact-tracing program, a crucial initiative in the effort to curb the coronavirus, has gotten off to a worrisome start just as the city’s reopening enters a new phase on Monday, with outdoor dining, in-store shopping and office work resuming.

The city has hired 3,000 disease detectives and case monitors, who are supposed to identify anyone who has come into contact with the hundreds of people who are still testing positive for the virus in the city every day. But the first statistics from the program, which began on June 1, indicate that tracers are often unable to locate infected people or gather information from them.

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