ALBANY, N.Y. – Gov. Andrew Cuomo is appropriating $40 million for the New York State Department of Health to handle the growing concerns over coronavirus.
The funds will be used to buy equipment and hire staff.
Cuomo also proposed legislation that would allow the Department of Health commissioner to take emergency action and put measures in place to respond to the spread of the virus.
"As we are seeing the novel coronavirus spread to new countries around the world, in New York we are continuing to take all necessary precautions to protect New Yorkers from this dangerous virus," Cuomo said.
These are precautionary measures, as there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state.
Samples from 27 residents were tested with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for testing, with 26 have come back negative. The other results is still pending.
There is no vaccine for the novel coronavirus, but preventative actions can help stop the spread of the virus, including washing hands, disinfecting frequently touched objects and staying away from sick people.