Committee approves more CARES Act funds for contact tracers

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The CARES Act Steering Committee has approved a proposal from the Arkansas Department of Health that funds a second contract for 350 additional contact tracers.

The Department of Health will receive an additional $16 million, for a total of $38 million to be spent on two sets of 350 contact tracers.

The motion passed without an objection.

The hiring will bring the number to over 1,000 contact tracers within a few weeks.

A little over 300 are currently tracing Arkansas cases, with more beginning their work this week.

Secretary of Commerce Mike Preston brought forth a proposal regarding CARES Act funding for developmental disability service providers.

The Commerce Department asked for $7,844,021 in forgivable loans for four providers.

Arkansas Support Network, Easter Seals, Friendship Community Care, and  Goodwill were not initially eligible for funds through the Paycheck Protection Program. That motion also passed through the committee.

To see the agenda and associated documents for the meeting, click here.

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