Isolation and quarantine resources help to break the chains of transmission in households
NYC Test & Trace Corps today announced that its Take Care program has helped more than 10,000 guests safely separate in free hotel rooms to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The program reaches the milestone as access to resources for isolation and quarantine remains imperative to break the chains of transmission during the winter months among families and roommates living closely together in the same household.
The Take Care program has served 11,551 guests in free hotel rooms as of the week ending February 20. Metrics for the period also show that the contact tracing program has cumulatively reached 86% of all cases who test positive including through the second wave of COVID, the highest performance of jurisdictions in the country that report the figure. All cases and contacts in New York City who are reached are offered the opportunity to stay in a free hotel room through the Take Care program. For those separating at home, Resource Navigators have completed more than 192,000 referrals to services such as food and medicine delivery, mental health support, and Paid Sick Leave, and more.
Since its launch, the Take Care program has continued to evolve and expand its offerings to serve patients with resources tailored to their needs. Innovations include free Take Care packages with supplies – such as masks and digital thermometers – delivered to cases and contacts safely separating at home, connections to Paid Sick Leave resources, free books and literacy resources for families staying in a hotel room through a partnership with Reach Out and Read of Greater New York, and free dog-walking and pet care services through a partnership with Wag!.