For the last several weeks Governor Andrew Cuomo has said testing and tracing is a crucial piece to reopening the economy.
He’s used colorful language to describe the kind of effort it would take. On Thursday, he outlined the process that the state would take to recruit an ‘army’ of tracers to contact those who have tested positive for the Novel Coronavirus.
Cuomo says he will use as many as 17,000 people to make it happen.
An organization affiliated with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is assisting New York State with the effort.
“It’s a massive exponential explosion of numbers of people,” Cuomo said during his Thursday briefing. “You do the best you can because every positive you can, you go to isolate.”
The Governor said that while it’s likely NY on PAUSE will be extended, it will likely be slightly modified for parts of Upstate New York after May 15th.