PVPC and MassDPH providing funds to local boards of health for COVID-19 programs

Coronavirus Local Impact

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. 

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