Oregon promised millions from federal agency to help confront coronavirus

An image of the coronavirus from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Oregon will soon be receiving roughly $7.3 million in federal funds provided as part of an emergency package approved by Congress last week that will help the state in its response to the outbreak of COVID-19.

Last week, Gov. Kate Brown wrote to Vice President Mike Pence outlining the state’s need for up to $10 million a month for various measures such as contact tracing, staffing, bolstering testing capacity at the state’s public health lab, building a stock of personal protective gear for hospital workers and reimbursing various state agencies like the Education and Corrections departments.

According to Charles Boyle, spokesman for Brown, the governor was told on a call this week with Pence and senior health officials that . . .