HOLBROOK, NY (OnSachem.com / OnTownMedia.com) — One of the key metrics to beginning the first phase of Long Island's economic reopening as early as Wednesday is having enough "contact tracers" hired, trained, and ready to work, according to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Contact tracer training is completed online and the state is actively recruiting.
Yesterday, Cuomo spoke about the need for additional contact tracers on Long Island.
"We also have to get the tracing online," Cuomo said as he updated the status for Long Island during his daily briefing. "But, at this rate, we could open by Wednesday if the number of deaths continues to decline and we can get that tracing up."
Contact tracing is one of the seven metrics measured in each of the state’s 10 regions to begin phase one of the economic reopening and then reach the subsequent phases for additional reopenings. The state describes this metric’s requirement as “30 contact tracers per 100,000 residents or based on infection rate.”
New York's Contact Tracing Program is the most ambitious in the country, Cuomo said. Here is how the Governor described the program.
Here's how it works: If you test positive, a COVID Contact Tracer will connect you with the support and resources you may need to quarantine, such as help getting medical care, child care, groceries or household supplies. The Tracer will work with you to identify anyone you've been in contact with over the past 14 days to trace and contain the spread of the virus. Those contacts will in turn hear from a Tracer via phone and text.
People who have come in close contact with someone who is positive are asked to stay home and limit their contact with others. By staying home during this time, IF you become sick yourself, you won't have infected other people. That's how we stop the spread. In the meantime, testing, medical and quarantine support will be arranged.
Privacy is a top priority of the Contact Tracing Program. We will not release your name to anyone. Your information is strictly confidential and will be treated as a private medical record. A contact tracer will never ask for your Social Security Number, bank or credit card numbers or any other financial information.
Note that if you get a call from a Tracer, your caller ID will in most cases say "NYS Contact Tracing." If you get a call, PLEASE answer the phone. Answering the phone will keep your loved ones and community safe and allows us to keep NY moving forward.
To apply for a job as a contact tracer, complete the online application.