$45M in tax money to fund CV response
In an emergency session of the SC House of Representatives held last Thursday, representatives voted to use state surplus funds for SC Department of Health and Environmental Control response to the pandemic.
Gov. Henry McMaster requested Mar. 12 that a joint resolution be passed to make money from the 2019-2020 Contingency Reserve Fund available.
The Senate approved the bill Mar. 17.
The money will purchase needed supplies, equipment and technology for health care professionals to use during the worldwide corona virus pandemic.
The funds will be used for:
• $14.6 million for additional staffing to support covid-19 disease surveillance and contact investigation, laboratory testing, information phone lines, etc.
• $14.8 million for personal protective equipment of DHEC workers to prevent spread of infection.
• $5.3 million for staff support and costs like technology, lab supplies, travel, and facility cleanings.
• $2.5 million for an educational campaign with support for TV/radio airtime and printed materials.
• $1.7 million to cover costs to quarantine and support indigent patients.
• $1.4 million for transportation costs to courier lab samples and distribute items from the Strategic National Stockpile.
• $5 million in contingency funds to cover unanticipated costs, or changes in approach based on the spread of disease.