"We're putting a little more detail on [the investments of funding], we're being clear with our local partners about where the division of funding is as well as the division of labor is between the state resources and local resources," Department of Health Services Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk said at the May 19 media briefing. Dep. Sec. Willems Van Dijk responded to a question from the media on the details of the department's spending of the $1 billion in federal COVID-19 aid money. This includes about $260 million to expand testing, $50 million for local public health departments to hire additional contact tracing staff, and using the remaining money to hire staff at the state level and purchase equipment. An additional $150 million is being used to pay for personal protective equipment, and the state was also spending $40 million on ventilators and holding $445 million in reserve to prepare for an expected surge in cases over the summer and fall. "The [$445 million]...is really looking at both the ability to operate the alternate care facilities if and when we need them...We want to make sure we have funds in reserve for any future surge that emerges."
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