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Oakland County approves $500,000 for coronavirus response

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By Kimberly James | Mar 25, 2020

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Oakland County Board of Commissioners Chair David Woodward

The Oakland County Board of Commissioners has designated $500,000 for the county's COVID-19 response. The board said this is a necessary measure to ensure that the county has proper resources to address the outbreak. The funds will be distributed to the health division fund for emergency preparedness.

“We want to make sure our public health department has the resources to do what needs to be done to protect us and manage the outbreak should it arrive here,” David Woodward, chair of the board, said to the Oakland Press. “These dollars are necessary to ready our county for very serious sustained community spread, should it arrive. Public health is a top priority, and we stand ready to address health risk as  this situation evolves.” Woodward made these comments earlier in the month; there are currently 543 cases and 10 deaths in Oakland County, according to Fox2Detroit.

Oakland County Executive David Coulter said this helps ensure the county is ready by "boosting preparedness and prevention efforts, which include collaborating  with our community partners and keeping the public informed."

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