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Curious About The $1.7 Billion Spent On Coronavirus? Wisconsin Offers Online Dashboard

Chuck Quirmbach
The Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison.

The state of Wisconsin has published an online database for how it's spending $1.7 billion in federal funds, responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Much of the money comes from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Gov. Tony Evers says the money has provided more than 10 million pieces of personal protective equipment, and more than 1 million testing and lab supplies for local communities and tribal partners. 

Evers says more than 12,000 small businesses and nearly 12,000 farms have received financial assistance. 

Credit Screenshot / Wisconsin Department of Administration
Wisconsin Department of Administration
A screenshot of the online dashboard.

There's still another $300 million or so to spend from the state's share of the CARES Act. Evers says he's leaning toward two priorities. 

"Clearly, the basics we've laid out, right from the beginning, is contact tracing, [and] testing. It costs money and we will do everything in our power to make sure that we continue to do that,” Evers told the news media on Thursday.

Evers says testing people for the coronavirus and trying to trace where people who are ill may have been exposed will continue through at least the end of the year. 

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