County passes stimulus plan for San Diego businesses, health programs

Posted at 4:23 PM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-19 19:23:44-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — County leaders have approved a plan to use CARES Act funds to support a local stimulus package.

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted to approve the Economic and Humanitarian Stimulus Package, which will see the federal funds used to support local small businesses, COVID-19 testing, and health services.

The funds will dispersed as follows:

  • $175 million for the county's COVID-19 response/recovery;
  • $100 million for testing;
  • $17 million for economic stimulus programs for restaurants and small businesses;
  • $15 million for Behavioral Health Services, including telehealth capabilities, electronic health record upgrades and care coordination, outreach and engagement and workforce recruitment and retention;
  • $2 million in Child Welfare Services for expanded outreach, service and support for at-risk families who have been disconnected since schools were closed due to COVID-19.

Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors also approved two plans for an accelerated reopening of "Stage 2" businesses, including dine-in restaurants and in-store retail, and a pilot plan of some "Stage 3" business reopenings. Those plans will go to the state Department of Public Health for approval.