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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a coronavirus briefing on May 15 in New York City.New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a coronavirus briefing on May 15 in New York City. NYC Media

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said hundreds of people have been trained to begin contact tracing, and they are set to begin their work soon.

Responding to a question from CNN’s Mark Morales, de Blasio said that the city will have 1,000 contact tracers by the end of the month.

The city plans to have up to 2,500 trained contact tracers by the end of June. He said the goal is to train as many as 5,000 to 10,000 people total.

He said the pandemic has presented a “bigger, more complex and a much greater operational challenge than anything we’ve seen in the history of contact tracing in this city.”

The effort is being led by NYC Health and Hospitals because they “are a huge operational entity – with all the operations to go with being a huge operational entity – but also an independent agency which allows them to do a lot of things, contracts and other things, much faster than a mayoral agency,” de Blasio said. 

Experts from the Department of Health are being brought in for “maximum impact,” he added.

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