NYS Association of Counties Addresses Coronavirus Threat
The New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) announced today that it is launching an online resource to provide county health departments with information to assist in the fight against COVID-19. The webpage, located at www.nysac.org/health, will host the latest information available from experts, health departments and agencies across both state and federal government.
The webpage currently features links to federal CDC resources, New York State’s COVID-19 site, video of a briefing from Congressman Joseph Morelle, resources for city managers and employers as well as examples of work from local health departments.
“Counties will be in close coordination with our state and Federal partners to share information as we work to control this outbreak,” said NYSAC President Jack Marren. “By creating a one-stop online resource for county health officials, we’re helping to ensure they have the best information available at their fingertips so they can effectively serve their communities.”
Additionally, counties applaud Congress and the State Legislature for passing emergency spending bills of $33 million and $40 million dollars, respectively. This timely and vital funding will help provide counties with the resources they need to fight the spread of COVID-19.
“We applaud the Governor, Sen. Chuck Schumer and State and Federal Lawmakers for moving so quickly and proactively to provide local governments with the funding they need to effectively manage this outbreak,” said NYSAC Executive Director Stephen J. Acquario.
Local health departments (LHDs) are on the front lines of preparing communities to respond to disaster, including the global outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by novel coronavirus. Across the country, LHDs are responsible for assessing people for the risk of contracting the disease; finding and testing persons of interest who of have recently traveled to China or who are exhibiting symptoms; monitoring anyone who has been in close contact with people under investigation; and arranging for isolation and quarantine when necessary.
LHDs also work with health care providers to help ensure they know what to look for – and how to report – suspected cases. They work with community partners to disseminate credible information, calm fears, and dispel myths.