LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Michigan State Police and Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division announced on Thursday a that $16,391,100 in federal money will go to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) for COVID-19 functions.
The funding will reimburse the MDHHS for costs related to “COVID-19 testing and reporting for inmates, prison staff, and visitors at the Michigan Department of Corrections statewide facilities.”
“Testing has played a vital role in stopping the spread of this virus,” said Kevin M. Sligh, acting regional administrator, FEMA Region 5 in a press release. “In support of our partners in Michigan, FEMA remains committed to helping ensure the availability of critical support services to combat COVID-19 in the state.”
“COVID-19 testing and reporting has been a key component in controlling the spread of the virus,” said Capt. Kevin Sweeney, deputy state director of Emergency Management and commander of the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division. “We appreciate our federal partners supporting our pandemic response efforts.”