Utica College practices distributing medication in the case of an outbreak

Utica College worked with the Oneida County Health Department Wednesday to practice notifying the public in the case of an outbreak.

Posted: Nov 6, 2019 2:49 PM

UTICA, N.Y. – Utica College worked with the Oneida County Health Department Wednesday to practice notifying the public in the case of an outbreak.

A point of distribution exercise was held on the college’s campus, where there was a simulation of a disease outbreak so participants could practice administering medications and vaccines in the case of an emergency.

“It's a logistical exercise to try to figure out where our gaps are. Do we have weaknesses when it comes to setting up a mass point of distribution?” said Shad Crowe, director of emergency management at Utica College. “In the event of some sort of biological event, this is how it's accomplished.”

Flu shots were administered during the exercise on Wednesday.

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