State looking to hire new contact tracers to meet reopening criteria

The county currently has close to 30 contact tracers, and during normal times those tracers deal with infections like E.coli and hepatitis.

News 12 Staff

May 6, 2020, 3:55 PM

Updated 1,445 days ago

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State looking to hire new contact tracers to meet reopening criteria
 
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Nassau officials announced that they are working with the state to meet the new criteria to be able to take steps toward reopening.
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran says one of the criteria the county needs to meet is contact tracing, and there is an effort to hire more tracers.
The county currently has close to 30 contact tracers, and during normal times those tracers deal with infections like E.coli and hepatitis.
According to the county, in order to meet one of the state's requirements to reopen, they must hire 420 new contact tracers. 
Meanwhile, officials say hospitalizations across the county are declining with 40 less than Tuesday, bringing the total down to 974. A total of 254 patients remain on ventilators, and the death count stands at 1,818.
In addition, officials say 10.3% of all people who were tested for COVID-19 on Tuesday, tested positive.


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