Evers announces more than $58 million in new funding for local health departments

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MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers is announcing more than $58 million in funding for local and tribal health departments to continue fighting the spread of COVID-19.

The governor’s office says the $58.4 million, which comes from the American Rescue Plan, is the latest boost in funding for measures like COVID-19 testing, contact tracing and vaccination programs. The Evers administration says the latest round of funding is on top of $106.5 million it has already allotted to local health departments in the last year.

“We’ve worked hard this past year to put our state in the best position to recover from this pandemic, and this funding will help support our local partners in this effort to help build a robust and equitable state and ensure our continued economic recovery,” Gov. Evers said in a statement.

The funding could also be used for public health and safety staffing, technology infrastructure or data analysis improvements, and addressing health outcome disparities.

“As vital partners in our COVID-19 response, local and tribal health departments have gone above and beyond, and this funding from ARPA will help them continue to respond to the pandemic while also improving systems and building capacity in their communities,” Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake said in a statement. “Activities and resources like the ones funded by this investment are the building blocks of Wisconsin’s recovery, and we look forward to continuing to partner with our local and tribal health departments in this effort.”

Local health departments will be able to use the $58.4 million in new funding to cover expenses from March 3, 2021 through December 31, 2024. Money is being allocated with every department getting a base amount, with additional funding being based on population size.