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DOI announces final allocation of $55M in Cares Act for insular areas

By Pacific Island Times News Staff

Guam will receive $12 million out of the $55 million in final allocation of the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act through the Technical Assistance Program for the insular areas.

The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs said the funds were distributed among the insular area governments to prepare for and address the impacts of the global coronavirus pandemic.

Funds were also distributed to several non-government organizations in Guam, Hawai’i, and the mainland to assist insular area populations disproportionately impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The funds are allocated for Guam, the CNMI, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands, the Marshall Islands, Palau and the Federated States of Micronesia.

“We are pleased to support the Biden-Harris administration’s work with insular areas governments and nonprofit organizations as they work to protect families against the coronavirus pandemic and to address the ongoing health, economic, and social effects of the pandemic,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary Keone Nakoa.

“Insular area communities in Guam, Hawai’i, and the continental United States have been among the most heavily impacted populations, and we applaud Congress for including funding to help meet the needs of these communities through the Office of Insular Affairs’ Technical Assistance Program.”

The CARES Act funds have and will be used in a variety of ways including the acquisition of medical equipment; distribution of testing kits and vaccines; distribution of protective gear, cleaning supplies, and food; quarantine expenses for repatriation of stranded individuals; construction of quarantine sites; and support for insular area populations in the United States who have been heavily impacted by the pandemic.

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