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Test & Trace Corps

The NYC Test & Trace Corps is a public health initiative to fight the threat of COVID-19. The Corps is a group of doctors, public health professionals and community advocates working to reverse the COVID-19 outbreak and protect our city.

The public health program is led by NYC Health + Hospitals in close collaboration with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and other city agencies.

Through its robust and citywide partnerships, The Corps helps New Yorkers receive free, safe and confidential testing for COVID-19 and for the antibody test. It ensures that anyone with the virus receives care, and can safely isolate to prevent the spread. To help New Yorkers navigate this process, The Corps has activated a specialized group of Contact Tracers to provide resources and support every step of the way.

  • Test – Get a COVID-19 Test and an Antibody test to know if you have been exposed to the virus. – The tests are FREE, confidential and safe. More than 200 testing sites now open. Learn more.
  • Trace – Answer the call of the Contact Tracers – they provide support to New Yorkers who test positive for COVID-19 and their close contacts. Learn more.
  • Take Care – Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones – Safely isolate in a free, comfortable and convenient hotel room or at home. Learn more.

Our Commitment to New Yorkers

NYC Health + Hospitals is dedicated to providing quality health care to all New Yorkers, regardless of income, gender identity, immigration status or ability to pay.

The NYC Test & Trace Corps is committed to protecting the privacy and security of New Yorkers’ personal and health information to the maximum extent permitted by federal, state and city law. The information that the Corps receives through contact tracing is confidential and protected under the New York City Health Code. The Corps will not ask about anyone’s immigration status. Any information the Corps obtains will be stored securely and used by authorized Corps staff for the limited purpose of protecting public health. The NYC Test & Trace Corps database will not be linked to any law enforcement databases.

In the News

  • Crain’s New York Business: A Year After Its Launch, Test & Trace Chief Reflects on the Agency’s Efforts
  • ABC News: Why experts say COVID-19 contact tracing may be more valuable than ever
  • Urdu News: COVID-19 resources available to the Pakistani community of NYC, interview with Syed Ali
  • Telemundo 47: ¿Qué deben saber los padres sobre la vacuna en menores en Nueva York? (What should parents know about vaccinating minors in New York?)
  • The South Asian Times: Hailing NYC for most effective contact tracing for COVID in the US
  • Weekly Bangalee: বাড়িতে গিয়ে কোভিড টেস্ট (At-home COVID tests)
  • VAX LIVE by Global Citizen: Gayle King Visits Frontline Workers at Citi Field
  • NBC New York: NYC Schools Have Administered 1 Million COVID-19 Tests
  • World Journal: 法拉盛增3新冠檢測站 3天知結果(Flushing adds 3 COVID-19 testing sites with results in 3 days)
  • CBS Evening News: More than 100k doses given at Citi Field vaccination site
  • WPIX11: How NYC’s Test and Trace Corps is working to get more people vaccinated
  • Gothamist: Health Minibuses Roll Out To Vaccinate Homeless New Yorkers
  • Marketplace: Is the American disability system prepared for long COVID-19?
  • Gothamist: NYC Launches Care Program For ‘Long Haul’ COVID Patients
  • Voice of America: Distribuyen vacunas en autobuses en NY (Vaccines are administered on buses in NY)
  • Queens Chronicle: Queens native in Test & Trace Corps says vaccinations remain important
  • Staten Island Advance: Borough’s two hospitals offer help for chronic COVID-19 cases through NYC Aftercare program
  • NBC New York: NYC Launches Aftercare Program to Help COVID-19 Long Haulers
  • NY1: Vaccination bus rolls out in Brooklyn Today
  • News 12 Brooklyn: New aftercare program connects patients suffering long-term COVID-19 symptoms to proper resources
  • NY1 Noticias: Centros de vacunación móviles recorren las calles de Nueva York (Mobile vaccination buses roam the streets of New York)
  • Sing Tao Daily: 市府流動疫苗車首站日落公園 增加75歲以上老人無預約站點(City launches first mobile vaccine bus in Sunset Park)
  • World Journal: 病後全面護理 助新冠患者康復(City launches AfterCare program to help COVID long haulers recover)
  • News 12 Brooklyn: New Yorkers working with NYC Test & Trace Corps stock up on PPE at Atlantic Center Mall
  • New York Post: What I learned as a COVID-19 contact tracer in NYC
  • NBC Today Show: Vaccinated Americans rejoice as they get their shots
  • BronxNet: Test & Trace Corps Representative Dr. Amanda Johnson discusses current state of COVID testing
  • NY1: De Blasio Tours Citi Field Vaccine Site to Support DC-37 Union Members
  • News 12 Bronx: Citywide outreach effort aims to beef up COVID-19 testing, vaccine appointments
  • NBC New York: No Appointment? No Problem! These NYC Mass Vaccine Sites Now Allow (Some) Walk-ins
  • AP News: As contact tracing ebbs in parts of US, NYC stays committed
  • Good Morning America: Officials target vaccine hesitancy as rollout expands
  • News 12 Bronx: Head of NYC Test & Trace Corps reflects on progress, looks at road ahead
  • The Wall Street Journal: New York City Invests in Rapid Covid-19 Test to Aid Economic Recovery
  • The New York Times: The Pandemic Needs Its Smokey Bear
  • amNewYork: De Blasio talks about future of NYC quarantine hotels program
  • NBC New York: Citi Field Opens as Vaccination Site
  • ABC World News Tonight: New evidence that ‘double-masking’ may be better at protecting against COVID-19
  • Good Morning America: CDC changes quarantine rules for fully vaccinated people
  • Harlem Community News: From Captain America to Contact Tracing: My Journey with the NYC Test & Trace Corps
  • Weekly Bangalee: Test & Trace Corps served 11,551 guests in free hotels (টেস্ট অ্যান্ড ট্রেস কর্পস কর্মসূচিতে ১১,৫৫১ জন বিনামূল্যে হোটেলে থেকেছেন)
  • Patch New York: 11K NYers Self-Isolated In Hotels Under City Coronavirus Program
  • Queens Daily Eagle: Queens performer stars in NYC Test and Trace Corps online COVID series
  • Conde Nast Traveler: What It’s Like to Quarantine in a Free New York City Hotel Room
  • Gothamist: NYC’s First 24/7 Vaccine Sites Open In The Bronx And Brooklyn, Three More On The Way
  • NY1: A TikTok Showing What It’s Like in a Quarantine Hotel Goes Viral
  • BronxNet: Representatives of Test & Trace and NYC Health + Hospitals Discuss COVID testing, Tracing, and Quarantine Process
  • Crain’s New York: NYC Test & Trace Corps Executive Director: Even With Vaccines, We Can’t Let Our Guard Down
  • TBN24: Community Engagement Specialist Muzaffar Ahmed shares Test & Trace Corps resources (কমিউনিটি এনগেজমেন্ট বিশেষজ্ঞ মোজাফফর আহমেদ জানান কী কী রিসোর্স দিচ্ছে টেস্ট অ্যান্ড ট্রেস কর্পস)
  • Voice of America: COVID-19 Additional COVID-19 vaccination sites open in New York (В Нью-Йорке начали работать дополнительные пункты вакцинации от COVID-19)
  • Weekly Bangalee: The story of a Bangladeshi frontline hero: Tracer Maisa Alam conducts home visits to provide services (বাংলাদেশী এক ফ্রন্টলাইন হিরোর গল্প: ট্রেসার মাইশা আলম ঘরে ঘরে গিয়ে সেবা দিচ্ছেন)
  • News 8 Rochester: Model behavior: How NYC reduced viral spread and how it could be applied here
  • RTVI: Dr. Andrew Wallach discusses COVID-19 vaccination in NYC on RTVi (Доктор Эндрю Уоллок рассказывает о вакцинации против коронавируса в Нью-Йорке на RTVi)
  • Univision: “En Nueva York las puertas están abiertas, sin importar su estatus migratorio”: encargados de vacunas contra el covid-19 (In New York, the doors are open, regardless of your immigration status “: Covid-19 vaccine)
  • Amsterdam News: City focuses on ‘round-the-clock vaccine effort
  • RTVI: On Duty in New York with Denis Cheredov: New Year’s Special Edition (Дежурный по Нью-Йорку с Денисом Чередовым / Новогодний выпуск)
  • The Wall Street Journal – New York City Covid-19 Contact Tracers Brace for Long Winter
  • News 12 Brooklyn – Dr. Ted Long Discusses New Testing Sites Across the City
  • WPIX-11 – Controlling the spread of COVID-19 in NYC with the Test and Trace Corps
  • See You Now Podcast – Episode 36: Contact Tracing at Scale
  • WPIX-11 – NYC creates website to monitor lines at testing sites, making the system more efficient
  • Weekly Bangalee – Safely separate at home or at a free hotel (বাড়িতে বা হোটেলে থাকা খাওয়া চিকিৎসা ফ্রি)
  • Haitian Times – Creole Speakers Needed To Help Stop COVID-19 Surge In Haitian Neighborhoods
  • The New Yorker – The Pandemic’s Winter Surge is Here
  • Washington Post – New York’s Block-by-block Lockdowns are Curbing Covid-19
  • Forbes – New York’s LaGuardia Airport Is Now Offering Free COVID-19 Testing
  • NBC New York – NYC Debuts At-Home COVID Test Kits as Part of Care Packages — Here’s How They Work
  • Telemundo – New York Hotel Works to Separate Patients with COVID-19 (Así funciona este hotel de Nueva York que aísla a pacientes con COVID-19)
  • WABC – Test & Trace Corps Records its Strongest Performance Since June
  • Canarsie Courier – NYC Test & Trace Corps Partners With Parcare Community Health Network To Provide Free COVID Testing And Resources For Orthodox Jewish Community
  • Washington Monthly – How to Get Contact Tracing Right
  • NY Daily News – >New Yorkers, Get Tested for Coronavirus Today
  • New York Times – How a COVID-19 Contact Tracer Spends her Sundays
  • NY1 – NYC’s Test-and-Trace Corps Has Reached Every Positive Case Since It Launched
  • WABC-TV – Up to 4000 Coronavirus Cases Prevented by NYC Contact Tracers
  • WPIX-11 – Dr. Ted Long Discusses Test + Trace Corps Efforts and Preventing A Second Wave
  • Test + Trace Corps Hosts ‘COVID Testing Day-of-Action’
  • Mayor’s Briefing – How contact tracing works in NYC