NYC Test & Trace Corps Engages Over One Million Close Contacts Through Contact Tracing Program

The NYC Test & Trace Corps recently announced that its Trace program has engaged over one million close contacts of cases of COVID-19.

The regular communication between the City’s contact tracers with people who’ve contracted or been exposed to COVID-19 has ensured New Yorkers effectively isolate and quarantine to stop the spread and are referred to the resources they need to safely isolate and recover, including hotel stays, food deliveries, cash assistance, testing, and vaccinations.

Since the program’s launch, Test & Trace’s contact tracers have been able to reach 88% of the over 900,000 city residents who are cases of COVID-19.

Since the program’s launch, Test & Trace’s contact tracers have been able to reach 88% of the over 900,000 city residents who are cases of COVID-19.



These New Yorkers, in turn, have identified one million others whom they may have exposed to the virus.

The daily correspondence tracers maintained with New Yorkers who contracted or were exposed to COVID-19 ensured that 97% and 94% of these groups, respectively, did not leave their homes over the course of the recommended isolation or quarantine period—a crucial step to stop the spread, given that 24% of those exposed developed symptoms of COVID-19

The daily correspondence tracers maintained with New Yorkers who contracted or were exposed to COVID-19 ensured that 97% and 94% of these groups, respectively, did not leave their homes over the course of the recommended isolation or quarantine period—a crucial step to stop the spread, given that 24% of those exposed developed symptoms of COVID-19.

Test & Trace’s contact tracing efforts have been critical to the success of New York City’s COVID-19 response. This epidemiological effort has also furthered the methodology and potential applications of contact tracing.

The Trace program will continue to guide New York City safely forward until the pandemic is over and provides a model for how cities can prepare and respond to future outbreaks.

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