Mayor Bill de Blasio Will Try to Ensure COVID-positive Patients are not Bombarded by NYC’s Test & Trace Corps
By Yehudit Garmaise
After at least one member of the Boro Park community who tested positive for COVID felt overwhelmed by multiple home visits and eight phone calls in one day from NYC’s Test & Trace Corps, BoroPark24’s Yehudit Garmaise asked Mayor Bill de Blasio this morning whether so many inquiries were necessary.
Although de Blasio acknowledged that people may “feel it is too much,” the mayor explained that only patients who do not respond to phone calls should experience the “extra outreach” of home visits.
“When members of NYC’s Test & Trace Corps are not able to reach patients by phone, home visits are necessary to ensure that patients are staying quarantined and that they have all the medication and support they need,” explained Mayor de Blasio, who added that Test & Trace Corps workers should be wearing masks and staying socially distant from patients.
“We want to check in so that people know they can ask questions, safely separate, and get all of the help that they need. Also, we need to make sure people are honoring the quarantine, and that is obviously the law of this state. Keeping the quarantine is a crucial part of the equation, and it helps to save lives.”
Mitchell H. Katz, MD, the CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals, said that he would check to ensure that no communication problems exist with NYC’s Test & Trace Corps that result in unnecessary multiple home visits.
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