Senators Perdue and Loeffler sent a press release earlier today announcing an additional $9.2 million in federal funding to fight COVID-19 in Georgia.
The monies are part of the Phase One funding package and will go toward local and state health authorities’ efforts.
The full release is below:
Perdue, Loeffler Announce Another $9.2 Million For Georgia to Fight COVID-19
In Addition to Nearly $15 million Georgia Received Last Month
ATLANTA, GA – U.S. Senators David Perdue (R-Ga.) and Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) today announced that the state of Georgia will receive an additional $9.2 million in funding to fight the novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19.
Last month, Perdue and Loeffler announced that the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had awarded nearly $15 million to Georgia to fight the outbreak. The $9.2 million announced today, as well as the almost $15 million from last month, were authorized as part of the $8.3 billion “Phase One” funding package that both Perdue and Loeffler supported.
The state of Georgia also will be receiving more federal funding in coming weeks from the subsequent “Phase Two” and “Phase Three” funding packages that also were supported by both Georgia senators.
“Our local communities in Georgia are on the front lines of mitigating COVID-19, and strong support from the CDC is vital to their success,” said Sen. David Perdue. “It’s critical that we continue to ensure state and local health departments have the resources they need to safeguard public health. These funds will strengthen our public health capabilities and give our communities the ability to rapidly respond to new cases. The CDC is working tirelessly to handle this threat, and together we will continue to take strong action to keep Georgians and Americans healthy and safe.”
“From welcoming passengers from the Grand Princess cruise ship to being the home of the CDC, Georgia has been at the forefront of our nation’s efforts to combat COVID-19,” said Senator Loeffler. “It’s clear we need additional resources to continue to keep Georgians safe. That’s why I supported the $8.3 billion funding bill that Congress passed last month to give Governor Kemp, local officials and local health departments the resources they need. This funding will help expand testing, ensure our hospitals have the supplies they need and assist local health departments track the spread of the virus. I thank CDC Director Dr. Redfield for his work to quickly get money to the states that need it most.”