> COVID-19 still rages, but some U.S.
> states reject federal funds to help
> Nov 2
> As the resurgent COVID-19 pandemic
> burns through the rural U.S. state
> of Idaho, health officials say
> they don’t have enough tests to
> track the disease’s spread or
> sufficient medical workers to help
> the sick.
> It’s not for want of funding.
> The state’s Republican-led
> legislature this year voted down
> $40 million in federal aid
> available for COVID-19 testing in
> schools. Another $1.8 billion in
> pandemic-related federal assistance
> is sitting idle in the state
> treasury, waiting for lawmakers to
> deploy it.
> "If you want your kids in school,
> you can't be testing," said state
> Representative Ben Adams, a
> Republican who represents Nampa,
> a city of about 100,000 people in
> southwestern Idaho.
> Meanwhile, the state is reporting
> the fifth-highest infection rate
> in the United States, at 369
> confirmed cases per 100,000 people,
> according to the U.S. Centers for
> Disease Control and Prevention.
> Schools in at least 14 of Idaho's
> 115 districts, including Nampa,
> have had to close temporarily due
> to COVID-19 outbreaks since the
> start of the year, according to
> Burbio, a digital platform that
> tracks U.S. school activity.
> Florida and Mississippi didn't
> apply for benefits that would
> give more money to low-income
> mothers of young children. Four
> states, including Idaho, North
> Dakota and Oklahoma, opted not to
> extend a program that provided
> grocery money to low-income
> families with school-age kids in
> summer months.