Arizona Awarded $150 Million Federal Grant For COVID-19 Response

Money will be used to expand testing, contact tracing and disease surveillance

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PHOENIX – On Tuesday, the Arizona Department of Health Services received $150 million from the federal government to help with its COVID-19 response efforts, according to a Department announcement.

The grant is from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is supported by the federal Paycheck Prevention Program and Health Care Enhancement Act of 2020. Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) previously received $28.6 million in grants from the CDC in March and April.

Director of ADHS, Dr. Cara Christ, said the money will be used to expand testing, contact tracing and disease surveillance.

Both diagnostic and serology testing has expanded across the state. According to ADHS, to date, 220,612 people have been tested in Arizona with 161,571 diagnostic tests and 59,041 serology tests. Diagnostic tests determine if a person is currently infected with the disease, and serology tests may indicate someone was previously infected with the disease.

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