Approved to drawdown initial $2.5 Million in COVID-19 funding
WASHINGTON – The Trump Administration, through U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary Douglas W. Domenech, today announced the release of $2,518,897 in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) to renovate and retrofit hospital emergency care and isolation areas, prepare quarantine sites, and purchase medical equipment. This emergency relief funding was made available under the CARES Act through Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) to the territories and the freely associated states to prepare, prevent, and respond to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
“Secretary Bernhardt and I are pleased to see that the CNMI is moving quickly to effectively utilize the COVID-19 funding provided for under the CARES Act through Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs,” said Assistant Secretary Domenech. “We applaud the CNMI’s work to upgrade and retrofit the hospital for better infectious disease control, develop quarantine sites, and upgrade necessary medical equipment in order to further serve and protect their resident populations and visitors. We also thank President Trump for securing this critical funding from Congress to support the insular areas.”
The projects for which the CNMI has received approval to utilize the $2,518,897 are listed below:
In April, the Office of Insular Affairs formally invited the insular areas governments to submit requests for emergency relief funding made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. At that time, $55 million in emergency relief funding was awarded to the territories and the freely associated states to prepare, prevent, and respond to the pandemic. OIA divided the $55 million among the insular areas, and the CNMI was awarded a total amount of $4,042,585, leaving a balance of $1,523,688 available for additional COVID-19 related expenditures in the CNMI.
For more information on grant assistance provided through the Office of Insular Affairs, please visit: https://www.doi.gov/oia/financial-assistance.
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