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Gov. Newsom announces $2.7 billion COVID-19 package

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – On Saturday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a new $2.7 billion COVID-19 Emergency Response Package.

Gov. Newsom said a $1.4 billion emergency appropriation request will be used to, "bolster testing capacity, accelerate vaccination and booster efforts, support frontline workers, strengthen the health care system and battle misinformation."

“Our proposed COVID-19 Emergency Response Package will support our testing capacity, accelerate vaccination and booster efforts, support frontline workers and health care systems and battle misinformation, with a focus on the hardest-hit communities,” Gov. Newsom said. 

The COVID-19 Emergency Response Package includes: 

$1.2 billion to bolster testing 

  • Expand hours and capacity at testing sites
  • Distribute millions of COVID-19 antigen tests to health departments, clinics, and county offices of education and schools
  • Support state testing facilities
  • Support state department testing of staff and congregate populations

$583 million to get more Californians vaccinated and boosted, combat misinformation 

  • Continuation of the "Vaccinate all 58" public education campaign. The campaign provides information and builds vaccine confidence to combat misinformation in partnership with 250 ethnic media outlets.  
  • Community outreach and direct appointment assistance campaign
  • In-home vaccination and testing programs
  • Free transportation to vaccination appointments

$614 million: Support frontline workers and health care systems

  • Distribution of critical personnel resources to help protect frontline workers, patient care, and hospital surge capacity
  • Additional staffing for vaccination sites

$200 million: Support state response operations 

  • Resources to enhance the state's emergency response and public health capacities including staffing and information technology at California Department of Public Health, Office of Emergency Services and Emergency Medical Services Authority

$110 million: Support vulnerable populations and bolster contact tracing efforts

  • Increased public health and humanitarian efforts at the California-Mexico border including vaccinations, testing and isolation, and quarantine services to keep migrants safe. 
  • Expanded statewide contact tracing 

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