Report: State of Washington has spent more than $450 million on supplies to fight COVID-19

OLYMPIA, Wash – A report that tracks the state’s response to the COVID-19 crisis details how much the state has spent on equipment and supplies. As of Monday night, that number is more than $450 million dollars.

The situation report is prepared daily by the Emergency Operations Center. It details everything from new developments with the virus to cases statewide and responses and impact on various state departments.

Monday night’s tally of expenditures shows the state has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on test kits, personal protective equipment, masks and other ways to stop the spread of the virus and protect healthcare workers.

A state report details how much Washington is spending on personal protection equipment to slow the spread of the coronavirus

It’s not clear why the total number is higher than the numbers above would add up to; 4 News Now has reached out to the public affairs officer for clarification. What’s clear is that the cost of equipment to test for and prevent the slow of the coronavirus is extremely high.

Later in the report, the Washington Department of Health numbers show the DOH is spending $204,000 a day on matters relating to this crisis; as of Sunday, the DOH reports more than $10 million in non-budgeted expenditures.

Earlier this month, the Washington legislature allocated $200 million in funds to be distributed across state agencies. You can read more about that at this link.

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