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16 April 2020 09:14PM
Nora Mishanec


The federal government will reimburse Columbia and Greene counties for most COVID-19 expenses, but that may not be enough to forstall severe economic consequences, officials said Tuesday.

County expenditures related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the purchase of personal protective gear for health workers, will be 75% reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA], said Stephen J. Acquario, executive director of the New York State Association of Counties. Costs incured by the health departments and emergency management operation centers will also be reimbursed.

“The local governments would submit expenditures to the state, and the state would then have to submit those costs to the federal government,” Acquario said at a press conference Tuesday morning.

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