CDC awards New York $16.7M to help fight coronavirus

The Centers for Disease Control awarded New York State $16.7 million to help combat the Coronavirus, federal officials announced Wednesday.

It’s the first batch of federal aid for New York — part of the $8.3 billion emergency measure approved by President Trump and Congress to battle the spread of COVID-19.

In total, the CDC awarded $560 million to states and localities nationwide Wednesday to address the crisis, which the World Health Organization declared is now a pandemic.

“Our state, local, tribal and territorial public health partners are on the front lines of the COVID-19 response. The action we are taking today will continue to support their efforts to increase public health capacity where it’s needed most,” said the CDC’s director, Dr. Robert Redfield said. “These funds will allow public health leaders to implement critical steps necessary to contain and mitigate spread of the virus in communities across the country.”

New York US Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Democratic minority leader, said New York will be eligible for additional funding from the COVID-19 emergency accounts, as well as reimbursement costs.

“Between New York City, New York State and NY-institutions, there will be hundreds of millions of dollars available,” said Schumer spokesman Angelo Roefaro.

For instance, New York will be eligible to tap into a $350 million “hotspot fund” and get at least another $17 million infusion in the coming days, Roefaro added. And, the Empire State will also be eligible to score funding from a $500 million pot of money through the US Department of Human Services to purchase pharmaceuticals, masks and other protective equipment to distribute to hospitals.

The feds will buy the drugs and supplies in bulk for distribution to New York City and Long Island, for example.

New York could also secure aid from a $100 million pot of funds dedicated to community health centers.

Funding is also available to reimburse state and localities for COVID-19 costs, including training local health workers and emergency responders and opening more hospital beds.

Meanwhile, Schumer also urged the White House to use $40 billion in available funds dedicated to Federal Emergency Management Agency for coronavirus containment.

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