Test & Trace Corner: Lessons for Public Health

Voices of Contact Tracers: Supporting NYC in its Greatest Time of Need — Part 2

In last week’s Voices of Contact Tracers post, we introduced you to some of the NYC Test & Trace Corps contact tracers who were critical to the city’s efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. Throughout the pandemic, this dedicated team provided their fellow New Yorkers with guidance for quarantining and isolating and connected them… Continue Reading ›

Voices of Contact Tracers: Supporting NYC in its Greatest Time of Need — Part 1

The NYC Test & Trace Corps has been a vital resource to New York City throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The Corps’ Trace pillar, the largest citywide contact tracing program in the nation, launched in June 2020 and, by its end in April 2022, had reached more cases than any other jurisdiction reporting these figures. In… Continue Reading ›

Second Booster Doses for Older and Immunocompromised Individuals

On March 29, 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the use of a second booster dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for older people and certain immunocompromised individuals. On the same date, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended additional boosters. Following approval from both the… Continue Reading ›

The Impact of Take Care Hotels: A Retrospective

After two years, the isolation hotel program has come to a close. Hotels provided a safe place to isolate or quarantine for over 33,000 New Yorkers and visitors to New York City. The program’s work has contributed greatly to Test & Trace’s commitment to helping all New Yorkers isolate safely. One of the most common… Continue Reading ›

Voices of Test & Trace Corps: Street Health Outreach & Wellness

By Chanté Solomon and Nicky Smith Two years into the pandemic, COVID continues to require an “all hands-on deck” approach, causing a strain on resources, and exacerbating existing health disparities. For instance, from July 2019 to June 2020, the mortality rate for homeless New Yorkers – a group that already faces major barriers to accessing… Continue Reading ›

When COVID Stays for the Long Haul, Part Two: AfterCare

The February 16, 2022 Corner post, “When COVID Stays for the Long Haul, Part One,” took a deep dive into the phenomenon of Long COVID. As we described last time, Long COVID is a constellation of symptoms which include a range of new, returning or ongoing health problems individuals can experience four or more weeks… Continue Reading ›

When COVID Stays for the Long Haul, Part One

After nearly two years of the pandemic, most of us know the list of telltale symptoms of a COVID-19 infection. We know that symptoms can range from mild (runny nose, headache) to severe (shortness of breath)1 and that we cannot always predict what anybody’s particular COVID symptoms will be; although those with certain comorbidities may… Continue Reading ›

The Exposure Guidance Tool: A New Online Resource for New Yorkers Exposed to COVID-19

On February 2, 2022, NYC Test & Trace Corps announced the launch of an online tool to provide a new way for New Yorkers who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 to navigate the complex world of quarantine guidance. The Exposure Guidance Tool, which can be accessed via the NYC Test &… Continue Reading ›

New York State’s Updated Guidance for Isolation and Quarantine

Throughout the pandemic, we’ve seen updates and guidance change based on the science and the current state of the spread of COVID-19. Test & Trace has been keeping up-to-date on any new pieces that affect New York City including how we approach isolation, quarantine, and protect the population from severe disease. New York State has… Continue Reading ›

Boosting Protection Against COVID-19

Vaccine booster shots are now available for all fully vaccinated people 12 years of age and older. These shots are a critically important tool used to boost your immunity after an initial vaccination series. Along with testing, getting vaccinated and getting your booster shot are some of the best ways to protect yourself and your… Continue Reading ›