As contact tracing ebbs in parts of US, NYC stays committed
Coronavirus contact tracing programs across the U.S. scaled back their ambitions as cases surged in winter, but New York City has leaned into its $600 million tracing initiative. Ad“This is the danger zone, where we can’t let our guard down,” contact tracing chief Dr. Ted Long says. Emmaia Gelman, a graduate student in New York City, said contact tracers called her about 70 times after she tested positive. Philadelphia-based epidemiologist Carolyn Cannuscio saw contact tracing hit its limits as she helped lead Penn Medicine's program. “We shouldn’t just give up and think, ‘Now is not the time for contact tracing,’” she said.