Biden extends FEMA coronavirus aid to states through July 1

President Joe Biden extends 100% federal government reimbursement of COVID-19 emergency response costs to states, tribes and territories through July 1

White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients told governors on a conference call that Biden approved expanding support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help continue FEMA-backed efforts. such as vaccination clinics, mass testing sites, and increasing hospital resources to deal with local case spikes.

“FEMA’s priority throughout the COVID-19 response has been to coordinate and provide the necessary resources and personnel needed by states, tribes and territories to adequately respond to the pandemic,” said FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell. “Today’s extension of 100% cost sharing through July 1, 2022 builds on our efforts to help affected communities at the state and federal levels.”

Recent examples of FEMA funding include $1.2 million given to Ball State University in Indiana last month to cover on-campus testing and $91.8 million in Wisconsin to reimburse testing costs. COVID-19 and the increase in staff in treatment centers.

Biden, a Democrat, first signed an order directing FEMA to cover 100% of the state’s coronavirus-related emergency costs on his second day in office through September 2021. He then did so. extended until the end of 2021 and again until April 1.

ABC News

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