New York, NY – NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson released the below statement in response to the de Blasio administration’s plan to have NYC Health + Hospitals run the City’s contract tracing initiative. Contract tracing has for years been one of the core functions of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. 

“This plan raises a lot of alarm bells. Contact tracing is a core function of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and has been for years. This is a distraction when we need to be focused on battling this virus. The New York City Council will hold a hearing to get to the bottom of this and chart the best path forward,” said Council Speaker Corey Johnson.