Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties will each receive more than $250,000 in state funding to help with COVID-19 contact tracing and flu prevention.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that more than $30 million will be doled out to counties to increase health department staffing.

Cuomo also said $2 million will be distributed for more immunizations for flu.

“New Yorkers have worked hard over the past several months, through these difficult times, to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said Howard Zucker, state Department of Health commissioner. “Initiatives like this, that strengthen contact tracing efforts throughout the state, will be the key to maintaining this hard-fought success, by stopping local outbreaks before they get out of control. With the possibility of COVID-19 cases resurging in the fall and winter, I encourage everyone stay healthy by getting a flu shot this year and to be prepared to receive a COVID-19 vaccination when one becomes available.”

The New York State Contact Tracing Initiative, in partnership with counties, uses the NY Communicable Disease Management System or CommCare. To ensure consistency throughout the state, counties receiving this funding will be required to use CommCare for all COVID-19 investigation and tracing activities. Awards are based on county populations plus a supplemental award for the percentage of statewide COVID-19 cases in each county.

GLOW funding:

- Genesee will receive $258,726.

- Livingston will receive $255,217.

- Orleans will get $259,355.

- Wyoming will get $253,658.

The funding is through a CDC-sponsored cooperative agreement for Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Infectious Diseases.

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