Local health departments in Door and Kewaunee counties and the remainder of the state will benefit from a $58.4 million investment of funds established by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Governor Tony Evers announced the funding on Monday saying “the state has worked hard this past year to put our state in the best position to recover from this pandemic, and this funding will help support our local partners in this effort to help build a robust and equitable state and ensure our continued economic recovery”. Kewaunee County Public Health Officer Cindy Kinnard says the monies received will be used for vaccination and testing efforts.
Kinnard adds that funding will also go towards infrastructure and staffing for public health and safety. The $58.4 million in ARPA funding can be used for expenses incurred from March 3, 2021through December 31, 2024. This funding adds to the $106.5 million the Evers Administration has already allocated to public health departments for COVID-19 response activities in 2021.