Finally, new federal cash will bolster public health ranks
Front-line health care workers check information at a COVID-19 testing site in El Paso, Texas, on Nov. 13, 2020. - Mario Tama/Getty Images North America/TNS

Daniel Daltry, Vermont’s chief of disease investigation, knows exactly what his department is going to do with the extra $1 million it’s slated to receive from the federal government every year for the next five years: “We’re going to hire 10 more of me,” he said. “That way, when the next crisis hits, those 10 people will be able to hire and train 10 more people under them.” With 624,000 residents, Vermont will receive the minimum state allocation from a $1 billion fund included in this year’s American Rescue Plan Act, the most recent COVID-19 relief package. Nationwide, the funds are designed...