Big Island Coronavirus Updates

Emergency Funding Available to Combat COVID-19

March 11, 2020, 8:37 AM HST
* Updated March 12, 6:44 PM
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Emergency funding for COVID-19 has been made immediately available, today.

The State of Hawai‘i has access to more than $4.5 million, which will be used to help the state respond to the pandemic. Monies were approved by Congress and signed by the president last week.

“This federal money will help fund Hawai‘i’s response efforts and give us additional resources to keep people safe,” said U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Specially, the funding will help Hawai‘i conduct public health preparedness and response activities, including:

  • Surveillance and monitoring
  • Tracing to identify additional positive cases
  • Infection control at the local level to prevent new cases
  • Mitigation activities

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