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More than $30 million to enhance coronavirus contact tracing and flu prevention in New York

Christian Fernsby ▼ | July 30, 2020
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced more than $30 million to enhance coronavirus contact tracing and flu prevention in advance of the fall flu season.
Contact tracing and flu prevention
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The majority of funds, available to counties in the form of grants, will be used to increase local health department staffing capacity for enhanced detection, surveillance and prevention of coronavirus.

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The Governor also announced $2 million in additional immunization funds to expand flu vaccination rates statewide to prevent overwhelming the healthcare system in the event of a severe flu season.

This funding has been made available through a CDC sponsored cooperative agreement for Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Infectious Diseases.

In addition to contact tracing funding, the Governor announced $2 million provided by the CDC to be distributed to local health departments throughout the State in advance of the flu season to make sure everyone gets their flu shot.

The Spring 2020 coronavirus emergency strained NYS's healthcare system; a severe influenza season combined with another wave of coronavirus could easily overwhelm it.

Influenza is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality, responsible for cpreventable healthcare visits, hospitalizations and deaths.