Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus has commended the county’s Emergency Services Department for its continued response during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I’m proud of our Emergency Services team’s response during this unprecedented public health emergency,” Neuhaus said. “Emergency Services has coordinated a full-scale response to the pandemic while providing other important essential services.”
He said he would also like to acknowledge the brave and unwavering work of our first responders and medical professionals during this crisis.
The county’s Emergency Operations Center was activated in response to the COVID-19 outbreak on Thursday, March 5, and has remained fully staffed every day since. This is the longest on-going emergency response operation for this facility since it opened in 2008.
The agency has also worked in coordination with the County Health Department, New York State and private entities to distribute Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to medical facilities, hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, and assisted living facilities.
The Division of Emergency Communications answered 12,992 calls in March and experienced a 6.75 percent increase in medical calls from 3,508 in 2019 to 3,745 in 2020.