Contact tracers spoke with 94% of the patients who had phone numbers on file.READ MORE: Gov. Lamont Lifts Most COVID Capacity Limits In Connecticut, But Maintains Mask Mandate
Following those conversations, they talked to 81% of the patients’ contacts – or 2,299 people, who may have been exposed.
Tracers were able to identify 331 active cases and help 1,057 people who needed access to medicine, food and other services. They also helped 40 people find hotel rooms to quarantine.
Dr. Ted Long, who heads the program, said tracers will search databases and call doctors’ offices to find more phone numbers. He also said “community engagement specialists” are being trained to track people down in person.READ MORE: Long Island Woman Sentenced To 9 Months In Prison For Death Of Anti-Gang Activist Evelyn Rodriguez
“One of the key reasons why our program has been so successful so early on, is that more than half of all of our tracers – all of our 3,000 working tracers – are people from our hardest hit communities across New York City, making this a local effort with New Yorkers in our communities serving our communities,” he said.
Long also said the program is offering community-based organizations a total of $4 million to join the effort.MORE NEWS: New Jersey Legislature Advances Resolutions To Celebrate Bruce Springsteen Day, Grover Cleveland Week
Mayor Bill de Blasio shared the city’s latest coronavirus indicators Tuesday, saying there were 52 new hospitalizations, 334 patients still in the ICU and 2% of people testing positive citywide.