Coronavirus tests are free to all New Yorkers at approximately 150 sites across the city. People who test positive will be contacted by one of the 2,500 tracers hired for the city’s test-and-trace corps.
A city official says they’ve successfully contacted every person who had a positive test since the test-and-trace corps launched last week. According to preliminary city data, that’s slightly more than 3,000 people, or roughly three to four percent of people who had been tested through Sunday. Those figures could change as the city compiles data.
With daily protests happening around the city for nearly two weeks, a city official overseeing the test-and-trace program says they are following the trends in the test results closely.
“It’s a little bit early. We’re right at 12 days or so. If there was going to be a spike, it should start to take off, and that’s something we are paying very close attention to,” said Dr. Andrew Wallach, Ambulatory Care Chief Medical Officer for NYC Health + Hospitals. “We support the protest. This makes absolute sense that people should be able to speak up. But do it safely. Protect yourself, and most importantly your loved ones and fellow New Yorkers, by wearing a mask.”
The city wants all New Yorkers to get tested as often as necessary. Even if a negative test result is shared, spending time in a large crowd or around someone who may have the coronavirus are just some of the reasons to get tested again.