North Carolina health department reports its spent $480M to fight COVID-19 pandemic

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has spent nearly $480 million in federal aid in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A large portion of the aid provided by Congress to states in March 2020 was spent on coronavirus testing and contact tracing in North Carolina. About $6.8 million of the funding is available to continue the public health services in 2021, officials said.

“Although much of the attention has understandably moved to vaccines, we are still very much in the midst of this pandemic,” Susan Gale Perry, NCDHHS chief deputy secretary, said Tuesday during a Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Medicaid and
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