County will keep CDC funding

Washington County will continue to receive grant funds through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention after the Washington County Board of Commissioners agreed to approve the $238,024 grant on Tuesday, July 24.

The Local Public Health Act requires public health agencies to prepare for and respond to health emergencies in the community, including outbreaks of infectious disease whether naturally occurring or caused by terroristic acts.

The county has received these funds for a number of years through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s federal program administered by the Minnesota Department of Health.  The funds will continue to allow the Department of Public Health and Environment to plan, train and exercise so that it is ready and able to respond in the event of a health emergency.

These activities are also extended to community partners, such as local medical providers, school districts, non-profits, police, fire and emergency medical services and other non-profit organizations.