New York City contact tracing system finds slow start


New York City’s contact tracing system got off to a shaky start; in its first two weeks only 35% of the 5,347 residents who tested or were presumed positive for the coronavirus gave information about close contacts to tracers, rising slightly to 42% in the third week. Encouragingly, however, almost everyone for whom the city had phone numbers answered. The city hopes to have more success as the programme becomes more established and when contact tracers start visiting people’s homes.

Writer: Sharon Otterman
Publication: New York Times
Publication date: 2020-06-21

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