Wisconsin distributing $58.4 million in pandemic recovery funds

MADISON (WKBT) — The state of Wisconsin will distribute $58.4 million to local and tribal health departments to keep fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Gov. Tony Evers.

Evers said Monday that the funds, which come from American Rescue Plan Act, would add to the $106.5 million his administration has already allocated to local and tribal health departments for COVID-19 response.

“Our local and tribal health departments have been on the frontlines of this pandemic since the very beginning, and their good work has been essential in stopping the spread and keeping Wisconsinites as safe and as informed as possible,” said Evers. “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.”

The funds will go toward meeting public health needs made apparent by the pandemic, including COVID-19 testing, contact tracing and vaccination programs, as well as data analysis.

“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,” said DHS Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake. “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.”

The $58.4 million in ARPA funding is applicable to expenses that local and tribal health departments incurred from March 3, 2021 through December 31, 2024, and has been allocated to departments based on a formula that includes a base amount of funding with additional funding based on population size.

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