April 27, 2020
New York City—currently, the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic—plans to hire 1,000 workers, who will be charged with creating a database of people who come in contact with those who have tested positive for the virus, Mayor Bill de Blasio said at his briefing on Monday, April 27, according to a report by CNBC.
“We are hiring. We are looking for talented, experienced health workers,” de Blasio said. “If you have experience in the health care field, if you’re ready to lend your talents to this fight, we need you and we need you right away. We are hiring immediately and we’ll be hiring throughout the month of May.”
Specifically, the city’s contact tracers—whom de Blasio described as “disease detectives”—will interview and identify people who came into contact with those who tested positive for COVID-19, de Blasio explained. The tracers also will provide support to New Yorkers who need to be isolated, de Blasio said.
Capacity to test broadly throughout the population and to trace contacts with those who test positive for COVID-19 are crucial elements in the state and city’s plans to lift restrictions and reopen after the lockdown, de Blasio and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo have previously said.
De Blasio said the city is building “A contact tracing network in this city like it’s never been seen before on a vast scale. Every time someone tests positive, immediately we can swing into action, figure out who were their close contacts, and get those people tested to isolate anyone who needs isolation.”
The city is looking for people with a background in health care, de Blasio said, urging people to apply through the Fund for Public Health. De blasio said the new tracers will partner with the city’s health care personnel, as well as with staff from various city agencies who are being trained for the job.
Research contact: @CNBC