WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded $8 million to Illinois to support the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin say $6.3 million will go throughout the state and $1.7 million has been awarded to Chicago. This adds to the CDC's previous funding of $27.3 million across Illinois and $12.2 million for Chicago.
"Our nation's health care system and state and local health departments are on the front lines as we work to defend Americans from COVID-19, and this funding will critical in providing them with the resources they need to continue their vital work during this public health pandemic," Duckworth said. "Keeping Illinoisans healthy and minimizing the impact of COVID-19 is crucial right now, and I'll keep working alongside Senator Durbin to help bring home more federal resources and funding to limit the spread of the virus causing this disease."
The Senators say this funding will go toward lab equipment, supplies, staffing, shipping, infection control, surge staffing, monitoring of individuals, and data management. They explained the funds will also supplement a cooperative agreement to state jurisdictions through the Emerging Infections Program to strengthen surveillance capability.
"Our state and local public health departments are at the forefront of this crisis and this federal funding will help them continue their critical work of mitigating and preventing further spread of coronavirus," said Durbin. "Senator Duckworth and I remain committed to ensuring that Illinois receives the federal support it urgently needs during this pandemic."