Governor Cuomo has announced a new $40M effort to combat the spread of novel coronavirus in New York, following the CDC’s warning yesterday (February 26) of a potential epidemic looming in the U.S.
The funding will by used by the State Department of Health to hire additional staff, procure equipment and any other resources it may need to combat the spread of the virus.
State health officials will now convene local health departments and hospitals statewide to review protocols, best practices and procedures to help ensure they are prepared to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Cuomo will also propose a bill authorizing DOH Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker to enforce certain health measures across the state to respond to the outbreak as needed.
“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,” Governor Cuomo said. “While there are still no confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in New York, these aggressive actions including $40 million in emergency funding will help ensure our healthcare system is equipped with the necessary staff, supplies and equipment needed to respond to any emergency situation that may arise in the future.”
SUNY Cortland says its current risk on-campus is low, but has set up an informational website as a precaution to keep the community updated.
More from DOH:
While there is currently no vaccine for the novel coronavirus, everyday preventative actions can help stop the spread of this and other respiratory viruses:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Individuals who are experiencing symptoms and may have traveled to areas of concern or have been in contact with somebody who has traveled to these areas should call ahead to their healthcare provider before presenting for treatment.
New Yorkers can call the State hotline at 1-888-364-3065, where experts from the Department of Health can answer questions regarding the novel coronavirus.
The Department also has a dedicated website which was created as a resource with updated information for New Yorkers.