How does the Test & Trace Corps work?

October 26, 2020 in News by RBN Staff




The Test & Trace Corps is an unprecedented initiative to stop COVID-19 infections in New York City and help the city open back up.

How does the Test & Trace Corps work?


We want to test New Yorkers of all backgrounds.

The Corps will set up the infrastructure to test 50,000 New Yorkers per day by August 1.


If you test positive, you’ll receive a call from a Tracer who will:

  • Determine if you need more medical attention
  • Help you arrange isolate at home or at a free hotel
  • Create a list of everyone you had contact with since shortly before the onset of symptoms

Take Care

If you test positive, our Contact Tracers will take care of you and help you:

  • Offer you a free hotel room with 24/7 clinical support and wellness checks for you to isolate, to help you keep your family and loved ones safe
  • Facilitate health care and mental health services<
  • Get meal and medication delivery

How are Contact Tracers selected?

Tracers are recruited from communities across the city, especially communities hit the hardest by COVID-19.

Multi-agency leadership team

The Test & Trace Corps will be led by NYC Health + Hospitals, working with other agencies, including the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, the Mayor’s Office, the Economic Development Corporation, and more.

Find out more about our Test & Trace Corps at