Governor Cuomo, Bloomberg Announce Unprecedented New York COVID-19 Coronavirus Contact Tracing Program

New York is not going to let the COVID-19 coronavirus spread without a trace. Make that multiple traces. In fact, make that many, many, many traces.

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg announced the launch of a massive contact tracing program in an effort to better contain the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). How massive? How about larger-than-any-contact-tracing-effort-that’s-been-attempted-before-in-the-U.S. massive?

It is a sign of the times that Cuomo had to include a slide that said: “But we can’t be stupid.” After all, there are other people out there pushing to re-open businesses without at the same time providing a specific plan on how exactly to stop the virus when social distancing measures are relaxed.

Bloomberg Philanthropies, which was founded by Bloomberg, will contribute $10.5 million as well as technical support and assistance to the program. The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health will develop an online training program and certification process for those doing the contact tracing. Vital Strategies, via its Resolve to Save Lives initiative, will advise and assist the New York State Health Department staff in developing protocols and processes to help the whole contact tracing process.

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