The Hawaii Department of Health will receive more than $5.6 million in federal funding for public health emergency programming.

The funds are part of an ongoing cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness program.

“This funding will help our state continue to respond to COVID-19, and strengthen systems to address future public health emergencies,” said Sen. Mazie Hirono, who announced the funds in a press release.

The Department of Health, headquartered in Honolulu, is receiving federal funds for public health emergency response. Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

The health department’s Office of Public Health Preparedness has used prior funds from the same program to invest in disease surveillance and investigation, laboratory testing and prepare emergency operation and communication logistics.

The office has handled disasters such as the Kilauea Volcano eruption in 2018 and a hepatitis A outbreak in 2016.

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