WASHINGTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Friday that President Donald Trump has approved a major disaster declaration for New York state as it grapples with the COVID-19 outbreak.

The declaration makes federal emergency aid available for the state to supplement recovery efforts in the areas affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a statement from FEMA.

The declaration makes federal funding available for individuals in all areas of the state that are affected by the crisis.

“Federal funding is also available to state, tribal and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures,” according to a statement from FEMA.

That funding includes direct federal assistance for all areas affected by COVID-19 in the state of New York. The federal cost share is 75%, according to the statement.

Seamus K. Leary has been named the federal coordinating officer for federal recovery operations in New York.

Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and are deemed necessary, Leary said.

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