NYC coronavirus contact tracing off to a bumpy start, report says

Posted at 2:26 PM, Jun 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-21 14:26:42-04

NEW YORK — New York City’s effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus through contact tracing has been hampered by the reluctance of some people with the virus to provide information to tracers.

Only 35% of the 5,347 city residents who tested positive or were presumed positive for COVID-19 in the first two weeks of the contact tracing program gave information about their close contacts, The New York Times reported.

The dean of the public health school at Rutgers University told The New York Times that the 35% rate for eliciting contacts is “very bad.”

Dr. Ted Long, head of New York City’s new Test and Trace Corps, defended the program Sunday and said 69% of the people who complete an interview provide contacts.