Test & Trace Corner: Lessons for Public Health

A Need for a Public Health Workforce to Control COVID-19 and Address Health Disparities

There are new challenges to public health that become apparent every year, and as such the landscape of health and healthcare is an ever-changing environment. Even now as COVID-19 remains at the forefront, we learn of different, more sustainable ways of controlling the spread of the virus. In fact, strengthening a robust, well-trained, public health… Continue Reading ›

Deployment of SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Tests in New York City

SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Tests SARS-CoV-2 testing has played an essential role in controlling the COVID-19 pandemic. Although testing capacity was initially limited in early 2020, expansion of rapid, point-of-care (POC) testing systems offered an opportunity to increase testing volume at reduced cost and decrease the turnaround time for results. POC tests such as lateral flow immunoassays,… Continue Reading ›

Contact Tracing: Accelerating the End of COVID-19

When an individual finds out they are infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, time is of the essence. Contact tracing begins when someone who has tested positive shares the names of those they have been in close contact with. Being able to obtain these contacts and notify them of their exposure as soon… Continue Reading ›

Voices of Test & Trace Corps: Contact Tracers

As rates of COVID-19 infections fall and New York City continues its recovery, Test & Trace Corner is examining the pandemic through the words of the contact tracers who helped bring us to this point Contact tracers in the NYC Test & Trace Corps come from all walks of life, each one with the same… Continue Reading ›

COVID Safety and Home Health Services

Home health agencies provide nursing and other therapeutic services for millions of people across the country in their homes or in other congregate settings such as assisted living and rehabilitation facilities. There are about 4,000 home health agencies in the U.S., with close to a hundred in New York City alone. Patients in these settings… Continue Reading ›

Starting the Conversation: Building Confidence in COVID-19 Vaccines

This post is based on information presented by Dr. Syra Madad, senior director of the System-wide Special Pathogens Program at NYC Health + Hospitals and leader of the system’s COVID19 Vaccine Communications and Outreach Workgroup. With vaccination progress continuing both nationally and within New York City, talking about vaccines has become part of daily conversation.… Continue Reading ›

The Road to Vaccination: Leveraging Infrastructure for Vaccine Rollout

The COVID-19 vaccine is now available to all New York residents who are aged 12 years and older. However, adolescents who are aged 12 through 15 years are currently only eligible for the two-dose Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.People who live outside of the state but work or study in New York are also eligible to get… Continue Reading ›

Boots on the Ground: The Role of the Community Engagement Specialist in Contact Tracing

When someone tests positive for COVID-19, their life can change quite suddenly. They are concerned not only for their own health, but about spreading the virus to someone else—or if they may have already done so. The NYC Test & Trace Corps has about 4,000 contact tracers, most of whom work remotely. These specially trained… Continue Reading ›

Take Care: A Model Program for Safe Separation

The NYC Test & Trace Corps’ Take Care program is the subject of a recent case study published by the Partners in Health (PIH), a global health organization bringing quality health care to the most vulnerable around the world. The case study focuses on Care Resource Coordination for COVID-19, an essential aspect of an equitable… Continue Reading ›

Engaging Hard-to-Reach Clients for Tracing

Thousands of people get tested for COVID-19 every day. Whether they decide to test because they are experiencing symptoms, have been in recent contact with someone who tested positive, or for another purpose, they eagerly await their results. Clients may share their contact information with a testing site or a provider so that they can… Continue Reading ›