DENVER – FEMA has approved more than $128 million in additional Public Assistance funding for the COVID-19 response in Colorado. The assistance was made available under a major disaster declaration issued March 28, 2020. FEMA has now approved more than $1.71 billion in Public Assistance grant funds to Colorado for the COVID-19 response.
The $128.99 million to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) will cover the cost of providing COVID-19 testing and analysis from January 1 through March 31, 2022. CDPHE projects that more than 2.16 million COVID-19 tests will be administered during the 90-day timeframe. The award provides funding for contracted testing and lab services including supplies and equipment, along with the transportation and processing of tests.
For the COVID-19 response, FEMA has simplified the Public Assistance application and funding process to address the magnitude of this event and to allow state and local governments to receive eligible funding more quickly. These reimbursements play a critical role as state, tribal and local officials work tirelessly to assist their communities during this response.
Additional information about FEMA’s Public Assistance program can be found at www.fema.gov/assistance/public.
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