Feds announce $36 million for Wayne County’s COVID response efforts

County receives FEMA funding pandemic response, vaccinations

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Michigan’s most populous county is getting an extra boost in federal funding for its COVID-19 pandemic response efforts.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced Wednesday that $36 million ($36,088,864) in federal funding has been made available to Wayne County for costs related to the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic under the federal disaster declaration of March 27, 2020.

“FEMA’s Public Assistance Program is an important resource for communities affected by COVID-19,” said Kevin M. Sligh, acting regional administrator, FEMA Region 5. “This expedited grant funding will help Wayne County and the state of Michigan end this pandemic and expand availability of COVID-19 vaccines to individuals who most need them.”

Wayne County has been operating free COVID-19 vaccination clinics since February. Last week it was announced Ford Field will become a FEMA-supported vaccination site with the ability to administer 6,000 shots daily.

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