|Administration invests $131 mi
|MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today provided an updated accounting of federal funds invested in public health, emergency response efforts, and economic stabilization in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Evers Administration also recently
Targeted allocations addressing worker shortages and hospital/skill nursing facility capacity include:
To date, federal funds have been invested in emergency response, public health measures, and economic support initiatives for Wisconsin residents, businesses, and communities. As of Nov. 6, 2020, the state has expended $621 million and obligated an additional $484 million, An additional $872 million in funds have been committed for distribution by the end of December. Roughly $22 million remains reserved to ensure the state continues to have the flexibility to respond to emerging needs. Today’s update also reflects additional investments that have been made out of the surge operating reserve, including for a program to provide admissions incentives for skilled nursing facilities and efforts to recruit and retain healthcare staff. Allocations will continue to be updated to reflect reestimates based on actual cost information.
Additional information on these efforts is available on Wisconsin’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Investment dashboard website. The website provides transparent and regularly updated information regarding how and where Wisconsin is investing federal funding, including significant funding from the federal CARES Act.
The Administration is continuing to make regular revisions to allocations to reflect actual costs to ensure Wisconsin can utilize funds before the federal deadline. Federal CRF dollars must be expended by Dec. 30, 2020, leaving Wisconsin and other states facing a significant cliff in available funding despite the ongoing pandemic.
As of yesterday, Wisconsin has 338,472 positive COVID-19 cases, 15,336 hospitalizations, and 2,876 deaths due to COVID-19. Current trends continuing to show an increase in cases in Wisconsin, requiring continued investment in these detection and mitigation efforts.
A chart of CARES funding allocations is available for review here.