Evers releases plan for federal stimulus money

Gov. Tony Evers has outlined how his administration will use about $1.2 billion of the $1.9 billion in funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help states cope with COVID-19, according to an administration release. A robust $1 billion will be spent on a statewide effort to support COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, acquisition of needed supplies, emergency operations, and resources for local communities throughout Wisconsin. 

The funds are being put toward the following efforts:

  • $445 million for hospitals and communities to prepare for the surge;
  • $260 million for testing efforts;
  • $200 million state agencies spent to get emergency operations established;
  • $150 million to acquire personal protective equipment with another $40 million to procure ventilators;
  • $75 million for contact tracing;
  • $45 million for local public health departments, occupational health providers, home health agencies, and health systems to conduct COVID19 testing;
  • $10 million for local and tribal public health departments to coordinate local testing efforts; and
  • $3 million in grants to 96 local and tribal health departments totaling $30,000 each.