ALBANY, N.Y. – New York State is providing funding for local health departments to take preventative measures against the spread of flu and coronavirus ahead of the fall flu season.
More than $30 million has been awarded to various counties, more than $1 million locally, including:
- Herkimer County: $254,543
- Oneida County: $543,854
- Otsego County: $253,103
According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, this money is meant to increase staffing at local health departments, as well as to enhance detection and contact tracing efforts in order to prevent spikes in cases of COVID-19 and the flu.
"Initiatives like this, that strengthen contact tracing efforts throughout the state, will be the key to maintaining this hard-fought success, by stopping local outbreaks before they get out of control,” said state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker.
An additional $2 million will also be provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for flu vaccinations.
"We are making $30 million dollars in grant funding available to counties to increase their contact tracing - which has worked very well for us - and to expand flu prevention and vaccinations to help ensure counties are ready to provide both flu and COVID-19 testing to residents," he said.
This funding was made available through a CDC-sponsored cooperative agreement for Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Infectious Diseases.
For a full list of funding awarded by county, click here.
As we continue to fight COVID, we also must prepare for the upcoming fall flu season.
NY will provide funding to counties to increase their contact tracing operations & help ensure counties are ready to provide both flu and COVID testing to residents.https://t.co/YqVExEPNn4
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) July 30, 2020