Washtenaw County continues to request additional funding from government agencies, like the Federal Emergency Management Agency, for local COVID-19 response.
Since the pandemic started in March, Washtenaw County has spent over $5 million in COVID-19 response. Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners Chair Jason Morgan says FEMA reimbursed the county for $2.6 million. But Morgan says they need millions of more dollars to continue addressing the impacts the pandemic has had on the community and not just when it comes to health.
Board Chair Jason Morgan: Supporting our small businesses and particularly our event venues and our arts community. Those have been two areas where we’ve seen a lot of people struggling. I think we need to provide more support for our schools and our education community. We need to be deploying money to ensure broadband access for a lot of these students.
Morgan adds that additional funding will also help the county distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to as many people as possible when it’s ready for distribution.
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