N.Y. Building Virus ‘Tracing Army’ in Preparation for Reopening
New York is building a “tracing army” to track the origin of individual coronavirus cases and reduce the spread, so the state can focus on reopening, Governor Andrew Cuomo said.
Cuomo on Wednesday reported an additional 474 fatalities, for a total of 15,302. The one-day increase was the lowest in three weeks as Covid-19 hospitalizations continue to decline and other data show signs of progress battling the outbreak.
“It’s better to be going down than to be going up,” he said at his daily virus briefing, adding that “we’re in a relatively good place.”
Cuomo announced plans to work with Connecticut and New Jersey to ramp up contact tracing. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg volunteered to help the state implement its tracing program, Cuomo said, and will donate $10 million to the effort. The program will be done in partnership with Johns Hopkins University and Vital Strategies, a public health organization, the governor said.
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