Mayor Ras J. Baraka and the City of Newark’s Department of Health are working with Partners In Health, the Rutgers University School of Public Health, municipal employees and a team of local volunteers to start tracing the person-to-person spread of COVID-19 in Newark.
The Newark Contact Tracing Task Force is one of several recently formed by Mayor Baraka in the ongoing battle against the disease. Other task forces include the continuous inspection of senior housing for sanitation, the collection and analysis of COVID-19 data, the development of a testing program, ensuring cleanliness of the City, monitoring compliance, the exploration of funding reimbursement for the City’s emergency expenditures during the crisis, and a collective effort around reopening and recovery.
“We have put teams together on every front to drill down on every facet of this crisis,” Mayor Baraka said. “Information is knowledge. We need this knowledge to know where we are being effective and what paths to take moving forward.”
The Contact Tracing Task Force work began this week with hopes to trace at least 100 cases a day as the City has identified more than 5,000 people who have tested positive for the virus.
“This is what we need to truly understand this disease, how it is spread and what we must continue to do to stop it,” said Mayor Baraka. “Contract tracing is one of the most important weapons we have.”