“New York Governor Andrew Cuomo detailed the state’s plan to trace all coronavirus cases during his daily press briefing on Thursday. He said the system aims to trace the whereabouts of everyone who tests positive for the virus, then notify anyone they came in contact with while infected.
According to the governor, 4,681 people tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday.
‘That is an overwhelming scale to an operation that has never existed before,’ he said.
Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, in partnership with Johns Hopkins University, is leading the operation. He joined Cuomo’s briefing via video on Thursday.
Cuomo said they will train 30 ‘contact tracers’ for every 100,000 people in an affected area. If that estimate is reached, New York could need anywhere from 6,400 to 17,000 tracers statewide. ‘It will require, under any scale, a tracing army,’ he said.
Employees in the state’s health department, as well as other government employees who are currently working from home, will be recruited to become tracers, according to the governor.”