State provides millions to counties to support more COVID-19 testing

The Arizona Department of Health Services is coordinating with local health departments to immediately allocate an initial $100 million in federal funding intended for staffing, laboratory testing, informatics, disease surveillance and other activities critical to combating COVID-19. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
The Arizona Department of Health Services is coordinating with local health departments to immediately allocate an initial $100 million in federal funding intended for staffing, laboratory testing, informatics, disease surveillance and other activities critical to combating COVID-19. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

The Arizona Department of Health Services is coordinating with local health departments to immediately allocate an initial $100 million in federal funding intended for staffing, laboratory testing, informatics, disease surveillance and other activities critical to combating COVID-19. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

The Arizona Department of Health Services is coordinating with local health departments to immediately allocate an initial $100 million in federal funding intended for staffing, laboratory testing, informatics, disease surveillance and other activities critical to combating COVID-19, according to a news release from ADHS.

Arizona received $418,951,131 as part of the $19 billion allocated to jurisdictions through the existing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity cooperative agreement at the end of January, according to the release. Under its funding agreement with the CDC, ADHS must submit the complete budget by mid-March. The immediate $100 million allocation is intended to provide critical funding to local health departments to continue to support testing efforts statewide as ADHS develops the overall budget, according to the release.


ADHS is making this funding available to counties using a formula of a $100,000 base amount plus funding based on their percentage of the state’s population. Pima County, for example, is eligible for around $14.4 million of the total $100 million, while Maricopa County is eligible for around $60.6 million and Greenlee County around $230,000.


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