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NJ Governor Furious as Citizens Largely Refuse to Cooperate with Contact Tracing

If you thought people were adverse to face masks, just wait until you see the statistics on contact tracing!

As we await the distribution of a number of COVID-19 vaccines in the coming months, we remain locked in a tense battle with the coronavirus, and we engage in this war somewhat shorthanded.

We have only a few weapons at our disposal at the moment, pending the coming vaccine:  Social distancing, face masks, and contact tracing.  Of these assets, face masks have been by far the most controversial in the United States, with a great many Americans unwilling to allow the government to tell them what they must or must not wear.

When it comes to contact tracing, however, it appears as though New Jersey residents are just as peeved…and this has elicited a stern response from Governor Phil Murphy.

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“The rate of non-cooperation with our contact tracers is now up to a whopping 74 percent of cases. Quite frankly, this is unacceptable, and we need folks to turn that around,” Murphy said.

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According to the governor, “it’s extremely critical for contact tracers to get in touch with close contacts of those who test positive to help us stop the spread of this virus. You may think that you may just call your contacts yourself, but this is a task that is best left to a trained public health professional…who can answer questions about access to testing and social support that they may need to safely quarantine or isolate.”

He continued.

“[Contact tracers] are only concerned with stopping the spread of this virus. We urge you please work with our contact tracers and do your part to end this pandemic. The more people who cooperate, the sooner we can slow the spread and crush the curb, the sooner we can emerge from this pandemic,” he said.

Governors around the country have been dealing with mass criticism for their handling of the novel coronavirus crisis, as confused and fatigued Americans lament the scattershot, unorganized approach to virus mitigation that many are alleged to be engaging in.

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