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Rockland County New York Now Issuing $2,000 Per Day Fine For Anyone Who Refuses To Be Part Of Their COVID-19 Contact Tracing Surveillance

Officials in New York’s Rockland County recently got aggressive about COVID-19 contact tracing, issuing subpoenas to eight party-goers who refused to cooperate with tracking surveillance efforts.

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Officials in New York’s Rockland County recently got aggressive about COVID-19 contact tracing, issuing subpoenas to eight party-goers who refused to cooperate with tracking surveillance efforts.

Is anyone surprised at this? I certainly am not, the only surprising thing is that this model has not yet been adopted nationwide. Give it time, it will be. Wasn’t only as recently as April 10th that we were told that contact tracing would be voluntary? Yep, it sure was., right up to the moment when it wasn’t. Of course, just like the telephone tax used to fund the Spanish-American War in 1893, don’t expect it to go away anytime soon. What you can expect is hefty fines for non-compliance like what we are now seeing in New York.

Long before the Jews were physically sent to concentration camps, they were marked with a yellow star before being segregated into ghettos. That’s how it works, it’s a process that takes place over time, but rest assured that slow, steady arc will complete its mission. COVID made be the excuse they are using to force contact tracing surveillance, but you can bet the farm on the fact that it will quickly be applied to all sorts of other areas that have nothing to do with coronavirus. Enjoy the article below from Forbes extolling the virtues of fining people $2,000 per day for not taking part in contact tracing surveillance tracking.

$2,000 A Day Fine For Obstructing Coronavirus Contact Tracing

FROM FORBES: If the eight had failed to comply, they would have been subject to fines of $2,000 per day; however, within 24 hours, all eight acquiesced, signaling that the threat of a monetary fine may be an effective health policy tool to mitigate the spread of coronavirus.

100 Person Gathering In Rockland County:

As reported by The New York Times, a party in Rockland County, NY in mid-June attracted a crowd of 100 people, in violation of a state ordinance that capped gathers at 10 people. After the party’s host and eight guests tested positive, Rockland officials launched a vigorous contact tracing effort to identify others who may have been exposed. They quickly hit a road-bump as several of the party-goers obstructed the efforts.

“My staff has been told that a person does not wish to, or have to, speak to my disease investigators,” Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, the county’s health commissioner, was quoted in the Times. Of the individuals her team tried to contact, Dr. Schnabel said, “they hang up. They deny being at the party even though we have their names from another party attendee.”

Rockland County Subpoenas and Potential Fines:

Instead of tolerating the party-goers selfish refusal to cooperate, Rockland County upped the ante, issuing subpoenas. “Those who did not comply and share what they knew by the following day would face fines of $2,000 a day,” according to Rockland officials.

The subpoena and financial warning worked as all eight individuals who had received a subpoena started cooperating with the county Health Department. “I will not allow the health of our county to be compromised because of ignorance, stupidity or obstinance, or anything else,” Ed Day, a Rockland County executive, said.

Contact Tracing Is Essential:

Contact tracing is one of the few tools that public health officials have in their arsenal to fight coronavirus outbreaks until a vaccine is safely developed.

“A role of government is to protect individuals and their families as well as health care workers and other essential workers,” wrote Dr. Tom Frieden, who headed up the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during the Obama administration and oversaw responses to H1N1, Ebola, and Zika, and Dr. Kelly Henning, the director of public health at Bloomberg Philanthropies and a former professor of infectious disease at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. “The hard, skilled work of contact tracing is akin to hurricane warnings: People are alerted so they can protect themselves and their families. . .we need to play the hand we’ve been dealt as well as we possibly can to save lives, reduce spread and help restore our economy.”

Sadly, New York City and other places that have embraced contact tracing, have struggled with its execution. In New York, less than half of city residents who had tested positive or were presumed positive provided information to contact tracers. In Massachusetts, only 60 percent were responding and in Louisiana, fewer than 50 percent were answering.

“What we lived through. . . is [the] equivalent of a forest fire,” Andy Slavitt told PBS Newshour host, Judy Woodruff. “What we have to do is to prevent forest fires from breaking out, so we can catch things when they’re little campfires. And in order to do that, we have to have the ability to surround the outbreak as it happens, so it doesn’t spread into community again.”

Adopt Rockland County’s Approach:

The rest of the country should adopt Rockland County’s model. Contact tracing is so crucial to containing outbreaks, that it shouldn’t be left up to the whims of individuals. The Covid-19 pandemic proves how health and wealth are tightly integrated. Economic recovery depends on being able to control the outbreak of Covid-19 and currently, the U.S is failing miserably. “The virus drives the economics,” said Betsey Stevenson, who served on President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers and is now a professor at the University of Michigan. If Covid-cases keep rising, “we’re not going to have people going back to work,” she added.

Up until now, most coronavirus prevention efforts, including quarantines and contact tracing, have only been loosely enforced. When you have imbeciles in Alabama throwing Covid parties to see who can get infected first and selfish vacationers in the Ozarks crowding pools without masks, we need to wake up to the fact that voluntary efforts are inadequate.

Individual rights have limits. Just like one cannot yell fire in a crowded movie theater and one’s right to throw a punch ends where another’s nose begins, we need to rethink the balance of individual rights and community obligation. If individuals aren’t willing to take rational and basic steps to mitigate the spread, the government must mandate action and ramp up enforcement.

Conclusion:

Rockland County’s subpoena and threat of a $2,000 fine worked well. The rest of the country should adopt equal measures. American lives depend on it. READ MORE

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New York City Begins Largest Contact Tracing Surveillance Effort In United States in Stunning Harbinger Of What Life Will Be Like After Lockdown

New York City rolled out the biggest test and trace operation in the country on Friday and will use contact tracing in massive digital surveillance scheme.

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New York City rolled out the biggest test and trace operation in the country on Friday, a key step in reopening the nation’s epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced at his daily briefing. 
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New York City rolled out the biggest test and trace operation in the country on Friday, a key step in reopening the nation’s epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced at his daily briefing.

Remember when Obamacare first reared its ugly Socialist head, and we all could see the ongoing effort by our government to control us by controlling our healthcare? That absolutely happened, but due to horrific mismanagement by Barack Obama and his team, (remember the $634,320,919 website that didn’t work on Day One?), it never became the control mechanism they wanted it to be. But now in New York City they’ve hit on something that is going to work, and in fact, might well exceed expectations. COVID-19 contact tracing.

The challenge for you and I, as the various lockdowns begin to lift, will be to stay focused on all the end times nastiness once we resume our lives that were put on hold for the past two months. They are going to be implemented sweeping changes in how society functions, and using COVID-19 as the excuse, will begin digital surveillance on a level unimagined outside of George Orwell’s dystopian ‘1984’ novel.

Contact tracing, otherwise known as invasive digital surveillance, is here to stay, and it will be recording your every move. And when those markers start lighting up, the government will come in and curtail your movements. The parts of the United States Constitution that the Patriot Act didn’t kill, contact tracing will.

In the initial first phase of human implantable microchips, when it starts, they will set out the easy to obtain goal of simply replacing the keys, wallet and identification now used daily by nearly every American around the country. Remember the first generation apps back in the day? They didn't really do very much, it was just so stinking cool that they did something, and that's all people needed to become adopters. So it will go with the human implantable microchip, paying for that morning Starbucks, opening and starting your car, the Gen 1 Microchip won't need to do much more than that. NBC News is proud to be an early promoter of this new technology. 

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FROM MARKET WATCH: “This is how we move forward,” he said, adding that the newly minted organization would reach “deep into our communities, expanding testing, expanding tracing, and really getting our arms around the problem as never before.”

The public entity, named the New York City Test and Trace Corps, will begin with 1,000 trained medical professionals who will track down suspected cases of the disease, test New Yorkers and trace their recent contacts. The containment strategy aims to get ahead of the disease before it can erupt into a full-scale outbreak that would require shutting society and businesses down again.

“The New York City Test and Trace Corps is going to be a dedicated group of trained individuals who will lead the way in creating testing and tracing in a way we’ve never seen before in this city or this country,” de Blasio said.

“We want to find everyone who is positive and trace their close contacts,” he said.

New York City, in the beginnings of the recruitment process, has received nearly 7,000 applications so far and plans to hire a staff of 2,500 by June, the mayor said.

The city’s Health + Hospitals Corp. will manage the unit, led by Dr. Ted Long, the vice president of ambulatory care across the public health system; Jackie Bray, a member of the de Blasio administration who’s been acquiring and coordinating vital medical and protective equipment for the city during the crisis; and Dr. Andrew Wallach, director of ambulatory care for Bellevue Hospital, the mayor said.

New York City’s public health system, the largest in the country, has been on the front lines of COVID-19 patient care, where some of the most iconic and disturbing images of the crisis in America have emerged. So it makes sense to have the organization oversee the new Test and Trace Corps, de Blasio said.  READ MORE

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