The Saratoga County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday authorized the allocation of $1 million to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus in the county.
The allocation of funds will be dedicated to hiring staff and buying the supplies necessary for the county Department of Public Health to execute the county’s emergency operations plan and support county operations, according to the county.
“It’s important that residents practice physical distancing of greater than six feet and take measures to prevent the spread of the virus. Individuals should avoid gathering in groups of more than 10 people,” said Board Chairman Preston Allen, supervisor of the town of Day.
The Saratoga County Emergency Management Team is seeking trained medical professionals to volunteer at the emergency operations center’s hotline, as well as hiring medical professionals to respond to the virus issues out in the field.
Volunteers will answer calls from residents with questions regarding COVID-19. Trained medical personnel include practicing or retired nurses, doctors, EMS or paramedic personnel.
The Emergency Management Team is also, according to the county, accepting donations of N95 masks and other medical supplies such as gloves, protective face masks, and medical gowns. Any individual or business with access to these resources is asked to call the Saratoga County Office of Emergency Services.
There were 16 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Saratoga County as of Thursday afternoon. In some instances, the confirmed cases are family members living within the same residence. Two of those cases were students — one from the Shenendehowa Central School District and another who utilized a Shen school bus to be taken to a private school.