PHOENIX (AP) — The federal government is providing $150.1 million of new funding to Arizona to support testing for COVID-19, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday.
The funding for Arizona is part of $10.25 billion provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to states, territories, and local jurisdictions from the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, the department said in a statement.
The money will provide “critical support to develop, purchase, administer, process, and analyze COVID-19 tests, conduct surveillance, trace contacts, and related activities" while helping the various jurisdictions re-open their economies, the department said.
The state Department of Health Services reported that Arizona had 14,566 cases of COVID-19 with 704 deaths as of Tuesday, increases of 396 cases and 18 deaths from Monday.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.