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County COVID-19 Updates

March 5, 2020

Counties are working around the clock to identify and respond to the spread of the novel coronavirus in California. Federal, state, and local governments and departments have closely monitored the developments of the novel coronavirus, dubbed COVID-19 by the World Health Organization.

CSAC, along with the County Health Executives Association of California (CHEAC), sent a letter to Governor Newsom last Friday, February 28 detailing the critical efforts of local health departments to protect the health of local communities. These efforts include contact investigations, tracing any individual’s whereabouts, notifying any individuals that may have been in close contact, and conducting the necessary laboratory testing and/or follow-up include education on preventative measures.

While we don’t yet know the scope of potential local government impacts of COVID-19, the letter was intended to alert the Governor and Legislature of the need for local coordination, resources, and support.

This week, the Governor asked the Legislature to approve $20 million in state disaster funding to support the state’s response to COVID-19. And Congress announced an $8.3 billion funding package with bipartisan support. While the state’s $20 million request is expected to support primarily state functions, the federal package, if approved, will provide 42.2 billion immediately to state and local public health agencies to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus. Further, the package includes a general provision to reimburse state or local costs incurred for coronavirus preparedness and response activities between January 20 and the date of enactment of the bill, and allows the funding to be used for construction or renovation of facilities.

Our county supervisors and local public health officials continue to respond to and communicate about the COVID-19 issue, and while the future of these efforts is uncertain, CSAC will continue to advocate for resources and collaboration from our state, federal, and international partners.

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