PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island has been awarded nearly $1.5 million in federal funding to expand efforts to track COVID-19 mutations.
The funding comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and was included as part of the $1.9 trillion relief bill that President Joe Biden signed last month.
The White House recently announced that $1 billion would go to the CDC and state and local health agencies for genomic sequencing to track virus mutations.
Gov. Dan McKee said the funding comes at a crucial time.
The Rhode Island Department of Health estimates that more than half of new COVID-19 cases are caused by variants.