The New Jersey Department of Health announced on Friday that $32.3 million in federal funding will be awarded to county and local health departments to support COVID-19 response initiatives.
Health departments in each of 21 counties and the city of Newark that are responsible for preparedness coordination will be allocated $13.7 million. The funding, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will enable these Local Information and Network Communication System (LINCS) agencies to hire employees to coordinate testing, contact tracing and isolation and quarantine in their communities.
A total of $18.6 million will be distributed to the 77 local health departments that do not receive LINCS funding. The funds will be used to hire a vulnerable-population outreach coordinator to ensure at-risk residents have access to testing and support services such as housing, insurance coverage and unemployment compensation so they can quarantine effectively.