March 11, 2020
Today, the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is set to release additional funding to states and local jurisdictions in support of our nation's response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). According to the funding list, Illinois will receive more than $14.6 million. Two earlier Illinois CDC awards totaled $2.7 million in funding. Chicago will receive more than $8.7 million, adding to an earlier award of $1.75 million.
"State and local health departments are on the frontlines of responding to the COVID-19 outbreak, and we are deeply grateful for their work," said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. "CDC is distributing this new funding extremely rapidly, as called for by Congress. President Trump and his entire administration will continue working to ensure state and local jurisdictions have the resources they need to keep Americans safe and healthy."
On March 6, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020. The supplemental contains $8.3 billion government-wide, with resources directed for grants or cooperative agreements to states, localities, territories, and tribes to accelerate planning and operational readiness for COVID-19 preparedness and response.