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NYC to hire 1,000 health workers to help trace COVID-19 patient's contacts

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Posted at 12:56 PM, Apr 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-27 14:51:27-04

NEW YORK — As New York City continues to fight the spread of COVID-19 by increasing testing capacity within communities, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the city is hiring 1,000 people to serve as “contact tracers.”

The mayor made the announcement during his Monday morning press conference.

“Everytime someone tests positive, immediately, we can swing into action,” he said.

Contact tracers will help trace, isolate and support all New Yorkers with confirmed cases of COVID-19. They will also interview and identify key contacts and connect them to isolation and support systems as they are being monitored.

Those interested in applying must have a health background. The mayor hopes to get people hired as soon as possible.

“If you’re ready to lend your talents to this fight, we need you and we need you right away,” de Blasio said.

The mayor said the role of “contact tracers” will be similar to the concept of “disease detectives,” by knowing how to ask the right questions and searching for the right clues if a person’s loved one tested positive for the sickness.

There are nearly 300,000 positive cases of the novel coronavirus in the state, with over 153,000 in New York City, according to the state and city health department.

To apply for a job as a “contact tracer,” click here.