Amid Coronavirus Concerns, Brindisi and Picente Hold Briefing with Health Experts, Elected Officials, & Local Agencies

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March 6, 2020
Press Release

With More Than 13 Confirmed Cases in New York State, Congressman and County Executive Convene Experts To Ensure Upstate Is Prepared

Following Passage Of $8 Billion Federal Aid Package & County Response To Potential Threat, Officials Provide Update

Brindisi: We Need To Continue Working With Local, County, State, & Federal Officials To Keep Everyone Safe

Congressman Anthony Brindisi and Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente held a joint briefing on the response to coronavirus in Upstate. Brindisi and Picente, joined by medical experts and local officials, outlined the federal and local preparedness plan and response to the disease.

“This week I went to the White House and worked with members of both parties to pass an $8.3 billion emergency bill to make sure our communities have the resources they need to handle coronavirus,” Brindisi said. “Now we need to continue working with local, county, state, and federal officials to make sure these dollars and resources are getting where they need to go. This should be above politics and we all need to work together to efficiently and effectively respond to this crisis.”

“Oneida County remains on top of safeguarding its residents from COVID-19 and maintaining the proper protocols and procedures if the virus is detected here,” said Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. “We will continue to work together with our community partners and elected leaders to stay vigilant in preparedness and action, and I thank Congressman Brindisi for his effort to bring our community the federal assistance we need to be successful.”

Earlier this week, Brindisi visited the White House to meet with Vice President Mike Pence and White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Deborah Birx. Following the meeting, Congress passed an $8.3 billion coronavirus emergency funding bill. The legislation includes a $2.2 billion investment in the CDC. This investment includes nearly $1 billion for state and local preparedness grants and $300 million for global health security. Also, the bill includes $20 million for the Small Business Administration to help small businesses deal with the outbreak.

This week, Oneida County officials provided updates on the state of coronavirus in Oneida County. County Executive Picente urged the public to take daily precautions to prevent the spread of illness. 

For concerned citizens, Brindisi launched a one-stop-shop webpage of coronavirus resources at www.brindisi.house.gov/coronavirus.

“People should listen to their medical professionals, take precautions to avoid spreading illness, and cooperate with directives from county and state governments in the event of a coronavirus case in the area,” Brindisi said. “Federal, state, county, and local governments are collaborating and working together to keep our community safe.”

For additional information on the emergency funding bill click HERE.