The San Diego County Supervisory Board on Tuesday voted to accept nearly $ 124 million in public funding for contact tracing, mitigation and other strategies to fight further spread coronavirus

The $ 123,774,567 comes from the state Department of Public Health, via the US Centers for Disease Control Prevention, according to Dr. Wilma Wooten, county public health official

Supervisors also formally accepted a federal grant of $ 629,000 from the CDC that will allow the county to focus on a racial and ethnic approach to community health

Supervisors also approved establishing a framework for how to spend future COVID-related relief funds, thanks to the American Rescue Plan Act, which Congress recently passed and President Joe Biden promulgated

When available, ARPA will provide hundreds of millions of dollars in COVID assistance, including rent assistance and up to $ 40 million in risk premium for county employees, said managers

Board chairman Nathan Fletcher warned that ARPA funding has not been formally allocated, so county supervisors and staff have time to finalize how this money will be spent

“We won’t get half of these funds until next year,” said Fletcher. “We might want to see what the world is like so We’re not locking anything in stone”

The board voted after hearing an update on COVID prevention measures and the public, many of whom are county employees who said they needed a risk premium for be frontline workers and put their lives at risk during a pandemic

Supervisors had their own demands from ARPA, including $ 20 million for broadband, $ 25 million for legal services for those in need, and millions of dollars for mental health treatment and assistance from public services

“I represent a very poor district and I cannot cope with my constituents who have given COVID bounties,” he said

Desmond thanked county workers for all their efforts, but noted that non-county workers had also made sacrifices

Last year, supervisors approved spending $ 390 million under the federal coronavirus aid, relief and economic security law, as well as $ 40 million from the general fund of the county, to help residents in financial need This money has also helped the county and various partners, including hospitals, to fight the spread of the coronavirus

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