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Cuomo Promises Bloomberg-Funded Tri-state Area 'Contact Tracing Army'

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 22 April 2020 01:42 PM

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he is teaming up with Connecticut and New Jersey to deploy a “contact tracing army” with help from billionaire Michael Bloomberg.

During his daily briefing Wednesday, Cuomo announced the plan.

He said he spoke to Gov. Ned Lamont of Connecticut as well as Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey about working together, according to the Hartford Courant

Contact tracing involves authorities tracking who infected people have had contact with so those people can isolate themselves to prevent the coronavirus from spreading even more.  

“It’s best to do this tracing on a tri-state area,” Cuomo said Wednesday. “Why? Because that’s how our society works. The virus doesn’t stop at jurisdictional boundaries.”

Former New York City Mayor Bloomberg pledged $10 million to develop and implement the contact-tracing plan, Cuomo said. 

“How do we do it?” Cuomo said. “I don’t know, we’ve never done it before. Michael Bloomberg will design the program, design the training, he’s going to make a financial contribution also, put together an organization that’s going to help hire the people ... This has to happen, you don’t have months to plan to do this, you have weeks to get this up and running."

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