CDC awards Arizona $150 Million COVID response grant
The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) announced this week that Arizona has been awarded $150 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to aid with the state’s ongoing response to COVID-19.
The funding for the grant exists under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Health Care Enhancement Act of 2020. This new grant will supplement the $28.6 million grants already awarded to the state by the CDC.
The response to the COVID-19 outbreak is the top priority of ADHS and these funds will help us expand several critical aspects including testing, contact tracing, and disease surveillance,” said Dr. Cara Christ, ADHS director. “This additional funding will support the critical needs of Arizona public health departments as we work with our partners to augment activities to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19.”
ADHS is still in the midst of an extended Testing Blitz, setting up drive-through or onsite testing at various locations across the state. Arizonans can find the nearest testing location and hours of operation as well as pre-register by visiting azhealth.gov/TestingBlitz.
To date, 220,612 people have been tested in Arizona with 161,571 diagnostic tests and 59,041 serology tests. Diagnostic tests determine if a person is currently infected with the disease, and serology tests may indicate someone was previously infected with the disease. ADHS says it is working with local public health departments to expand contact tracing.
As of today, the data available via ADHS showed 15,608 cases in Arizona and 775 deaths.