Contact tracers reaching 90% of newly diagnosed people in NYC

New York City's 3,000 contact tracers are working to curb the spread of coronavirus in what appears to be the biggest such effort in any U.S. city.

Posted: Aug 17, 2020 10:59 AM

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City's 3,000 contact tracers are working to curb the spread of coronavirus in what appears to be the biggest such effort in any U.S. city.

New York says it’s now meeting its goal of reaching about 90% of all newly diagnosed people and completing interviews with 75%. Still, thousands of infected people haven't given the city any names of others they might have exposed.

Only 6 in 10 of the contacts who are named complete interviews, short of the city’s goal. Comparing U.S. state and city contact tracing programs is difficult because they vary widely in what they release, but some experts say the numbers that New York reports are promising.

Still, some suggest the city should drill down and disclose more on the program's effects.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 495464

Reported Deaths: 33422
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Queens762207291
Kings745537383
Bronx550114986
Nassau493122208
Suffolk486632019
Westchester401311470
New York357233192
Rockland17685683
Richmond170481094
Orange13457505
Erie12819713
Monroe7111300
Dutchess5438163
Onondaga5309207
Albany3577136
Broome336883
Oneida2681128
Ulster247195
Niagara2041101
Putnam179463
Sullivan174348
Chemung16403
Schenectady154650
Saratoga130817
Rensselaer108042
Steuben96257
Chautauqua88413
Columbia68038
Ontario64435
Oswego6164
Tompkins6030
Tioga57230
Madison55917
Cortland5100
Greene49018
Cattaraugus4616
Warren45033
Wayne4485
Orleans39354
Otsego3905
Herkimer38710
St. Lawrence3864
Chenango3817
Genesee3805
Cayuga3642
Fulton36124
Washington33214
Livingston2808
Allegany2711
Montgomery2614
Clinton2405
Jefferson2020
Essex1970
Wyoming1825
Delaware1697
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Yates1127
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Franklin790
Hamilton160
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