Arizona to receive $13 million in federal COVID-19 relief funding
PHOENIX — U.S. Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly of Arizona announced on Wednesday that $13 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds is coming to the state’s health department.
The Arizona Department of Health Services will use the money to reimburse the state for purchasing personal protective equipment, according to a press release.
PPE includes items such as gowns, coveralls, disposable thermometers, gloves and N95 masks.
“These funds are important to ensure Arizona can continue getting our health care workers the protective equipment they need to safely treat patients as we face a rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations,” Kelly said in the release.
“To slow that rise all Arizonans should follow public health guidance including wearing masks and social distancing.”
A total of $17,716,359.41 was spent on reimbursable costs from May 7 to June 26 by ADHS, according to the release.
On April 2, Sinema and other Arizona political leaders sent a letter to President Donald Trump asking for the state to receive a major disaster declaration in order to receive those funds.
“Today’s funding will help shore up budgets in Arizona and continue to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect frontline health workers caring for Arizona families during the pandemic,” Sinema said in the release.