The federal government is stepping up efforts to help battle the spread of the virus, which has killed more than 7,000 people.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday announced new federal funding to help local authorities prepare for the coronavirus outbreak.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the new $500 million funding for states, counties, and other local authorities to help prevent the spread and contain the outbreak.
“We’re announcing the additional $500M of federal funding in the form of grants to States, Counties, and Other Local Authorities to assist in the control and containment of the coronave virus, as well as other efforts to reduce the spread,” HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell said in a statement.
The announcement comes as President Donald Trump is expected to make a major announcement on the virus in the coming days, possibly on Monday.