Billionaire Mike Bloomberg will help New York develop coronavirus test and trace program, Gov. Cuomo says


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) speaks during a press Conference at the State Capitol.

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Mike Bloomberg, the billionaire philanthropist and former mayor of New York City, will help the state develop and implement an aggressive program to test for Covid-19 and trace people who have had contact with infected individuals, Gov. Andrew  Cuomo announced Wednesday.

“Michael Bloomberg will design the program, design the training, he’s going to make a financial contribution,” Cuomo said at a press conference in Albany. “He has tremendous insight both governmentally and from a private sector business perspective in this.”

As the state continues to ramp up its capacity to test for Covid-19, Cuomo said tracing and isolating people who have come into contact with infected individuals will be key to containing the outbreak. 

“This is a monumental undertaking, we’re all going to do it,” Cuomo said.

Covid-19 has infected more than 258,500 people across the state as of Wednesday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

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