Surprise: NYC’s Contact Tracers Will Not Ask COVID-Positive People If They’ve Been to Any Recent Protests

The army of contact tracers hired by New York City to “test and trace” new cases of coronavirus will not be asking anyone who’s tested positive for the disease whether they’ve recently attended a demonstration.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced in May that the city would hire 1,000 contact tracers, but according THE CITY, he has instructed the  workers not to ask that inconvenient question.

“No person will be asked proactively if they attended a protest,” Avery Cohen, a spokesperson for de Blasio told THE CITY in an email.

The “test-and-trace workers” will instead ask COVID-positive individuals general questions to help them “recall ‘contacts’ and individuals they may have exposed,” Cohen said.   The tracers will then reportedly question the COVID-19 positive folks if they’ve been in “close contact” with other people — defined as “being within six feet of another person for at least 10 minutes.”

It’s up to the protesters/rioters to volunteer whether any of their close contacts occurred during protests. “If a person wants to proactively offer that information, there is an opportunity for them to do so,” Cohen explained.

“Naturally, we have not been able to obtain all information from all positive cases, but engagement among those reached is high,” Cohen added.

There’s no direct effort to resolve a question both de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo have asked repeatedly since the demonstrations against police brutality erupted following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police: Are the protests helping spread the virus?

“That’s the one variable in this equation that we’re not sure of: We don’t know what the effect of those protests are,” Cuomo said last week.

None of this, of course, should come as a surprise.

The same corporate media that blasted Americans in the Midwest for enjoying the lake over Memorial Day weekend, have had nothing but praise for the Black Lives Matter/Antifa/social justice crowds mobbing cities across the nation in recent weeks.

If a major spike in coronavirus cases could be traced to the George Floyd “protests,” the organized left would be left looking even more hypocritical than usual.


The corporate media pretend to be about “calling balls and strikes” on whomever is in power, but that has never been the case in my adult lifetime. Although the media’s liberal bias has been obvious for decades, Trump Derangement Syndrome has made them sloppy. With the big presidential election looming in November, the MSM are doing an increasingly poor job hiding their absurd, left-wing bias.

Who can forget the hostile coverage—not to mention downright censorship—the media employed against the anti-quarantine protesters back in April.

In two tweets on Sunday, NBC allowed their umpire’s mask to slip even further.

In the first tweet, NBC non-judgmentally boosts a massive rally in Brooklyn, NY, for “Black trans lives.”  In the second tweet, about an hour later, NBC questions the safety of President Trump’s campaign rally next weekend.

The ruling class’ gross hypocrisy has been duly noted by conservative Americans and will be remembered in November.

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About Debra Heine

Debra Heine is a conservative Catholic mom of six and longtime political pundit. She has written for several conservative news websites over the years, including Breitbart and PJ Media.

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