The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors ended the emergency declaration that was put in place in March 2020 at the beginning of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic March 30, according to a news release from the county.
“I am proud of the staff at the Maricopa County Departments of Public Health and Emergency Management for coming together and leading the way on the response,” said Chair Bill Gates, the supervisor of District 3, in a release. “Their expertise allowed the board to stay informed and direct resources to areas of the community when and where it was needed.”
In March 2020, public health and emergency management formed a unified command that operated an emergency operations center until June 2021, according to the county. It conducted thousands of case investigations, obtained and distributed personal protective equipment, supported agencies serving the most vulnerable members the community and organized the first five mass COVID-19 vaccination sites in the state.
“As the Board of Supervisors, we were responsible for administering the emergency funding that came from the federal government,” Gates said in the release. “That supported county operations as we tried to keep our employees safe. It also quickly went into the community as emergency rental assistance, cellular hot spots for school kids, business grants, and support for nonprofit agencies who are helping community members every day.”
The board will continue to distribute funds from the American Rescue Plan Act to help the community recover from the economic shock of the pandemic. That includes more than $100 million to address homelessness, housing and utility resources and more than $14 million to help people who are still trying to find jobs.