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ADHS allocating $100 million to counties for COVID-19 testing support

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Posted at 9:39 AM, Feb 19, 2021

The Arizona Department of Health Services will be allocating $100 million to counties to help support COVID-19 testing.

The health department made the announcement Friday detailing that the federal funding is intended for staffing, laboratory testing, informatics, disease surveillance, and other activities critical in the fight against COVID-19.

The state received $418,951,131 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through a funding agreement at the end of January.

Funding available to counties was determined by using a formula of a $100,00 base amount plus funding based on their percentage of the state's population.

ADHS has directly funded testing throughout the state during the pandemic. This includes Arizona State University’s saliva-based testing, airport testing, sequencing, serology (antibody) testing for healthcare workers and first responders in partnership with the University of Arizona, and rapid response testing for outbreaks at long-term care facilities.

This is a breakdown of the funding available by county with the amounts being rounded up, according to ADHS:

Apache: $1.09 million

Cochise: $1.9 million

Coconino: $2.06 million

Gila: $840,000

Graham: $623,000

Greenlee: $230,000

La Paz: $390,000

Maricopa: $60.63 million

Mohave: $2.98 million

Navajo: $1.62 million

Pima: $14.36 million

Pinal: $6.24 million

Santa Cruz: $751,000

Yavapai: $3.28 million

Yuma: $3.01 million

Part of the $418 million allocated to the state will also continue to fund statewide testing programs. This is part of the CARES Act funding given directly to local jurisdictions and the state for either testing and public health activities.

For more information on Arizona's COVID testing, click here.