The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) is allocating $35 million to local health departments that was granted by federal funding. The money will go toward combating the coronavirus pandemic, according to WECT.
The money will be used in adherence to federal guidelines to:
- support COVID-19 staffing
- infection controls
- testing and tracing
- IT infrastructure
- data sharing and visualization.
Each county will receive at least $90,000 as a base level of funding. Some counties will be given more based on size and prevalence of COVID-19.
Governor Cooper praised local health departments in a statement. “Our local health departments are critical partners with the state as we fight this virus, and this funding will help them continue and expand their important work,” he said.
NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen echoed the governor.
“Since the start of the pandemic our local health departments have been working around the clock to protect their communities and slow the spread of the virus. These funds continue to support their ability to address the overwhelming demands they are facing,” she said.
Read more about NCDHHS allocating federal funding to local health departments to combat coronavirus from WECT.