SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)– Several Boards of Health in communities across Hampden and Hampshire counties will be receiving a boost in funds to support COVID-19 prevention efforts.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) are partnering to distribute nearly $250,000 to help communities implement various safety measures, including:
- Surveillance and case identification (including, but not limited to, public health epidemiological investigation activities such as contact follow-up);
- Monitoring of travelers;
- Data management related to COVID-19 and activities;
- Isolation and quarantine (including, but not limited to, housing; wrap-around services; security; environmental control, clean-up and waste management; and behavioral health services);
- Surge staffing, including costs to cover overtime and backfill for Town employees or contractors;
- Risk communications support; and
- Public health coordination with healthcare systems
An additional $250,000 is anticipated from the Department of Public Health in the near future to further support these local efforts by way of the Commission.