Contact Tracing: New Jersey City Sets the Gold Standard
By admin May 21, 2020

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Contact Tracing is a critical tool in the fight against COVID-19 and Paterson, a low-income city of 150K has quickly emerged as a pioneer. As this New York Times article points out, Paterson is setting the gold standard. Key excerpts below:

“States and cities around the country have begun with varying degrees of success to ramp up efforts to put contact tracing in place on a large scale. Last week, Gov. Philip D. Murphy of New Jersey said that his state would hire up to several thousand contact tracers to assist the 800 now working for local and county health departments….

…In New York, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York has announced that the state will build an army of up to 17,000 contact tracers. A political tangle between agencies has complicated efforts to expand tracing in New York City, the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States, but Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Sunday that he hoped to have 1,000 tracers in place by June.

…Twenty miles to the west of New York City, Paterson, a poor, largely nonwhite city of about 150,000, has been tracing the virus at a level that could be the envy of larger cities. The team has been able to successfully investigate and trace about 90 percent of the more than 5,900 positive Covid-19 cases in Paterson, said the city’s top health officer, Dr. Paul Persaud.

…During last week’s meeting, Andre Sayegh, the city’s mayor, handed out a sheet showing a line curve that tracked the city’s progress: From a high of about 260 daily positives on April 15, the city is now at about 50 to 70 cases per day, a level not seen since March.

…Paterson’s tracing efforts have been aided by New Jersey’s electronic communicable disease tracking system, which has been serving as the master database for all cases and contacts. That system pings Ms. Horn’s phone throughout the day with new cases.

…A $95,000 state grant last year to train several dozen health workers staff in communicable disease investigation also helped, Dr. Persaud said…”

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