No indication yet how much Cortland County will receive, but it is to share in nearly $26-million in additional state funding to shore up core public health services in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding for work such as communicable disease control and emergency preparedness hadn’t been increased in more than seven years of state budgets.
Martha Sauerbrey, NYSAC President and Tioga County Chair said, “Over the past two years, New Yorkers have had the opportunity to see their local health departments in action as they rose to the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic. We commend Governor Hochul and legislative leaders for making the investments we need to ensure our local health departments are prepared to see our state through this pandemic and confront whatever comes next.”
Some of the increase is aimed at recruiting and keeping health workers.