The CARES Act – the $2.2 trillion coronavirus-related economic stimulus bill – is sending almost $13 million to the Rio Grande Valley. The money is in the form of federal grants to help the region recover from the economic fallout brought on by the pandemic. The funds are able to be used to ramp up public testing for COVID-19, constructing testing facilities, re-purposing existing buildings for treating patients, training healthcare workers, and to support businesses in the manufacture of medical supplies needed to treat coronavirus patients. Hidalgo County got the largest chunk of funds – $6.7 million. The city of Brownsville gets $2.4 million. McAllen was awarded $1 million. The remainder of the funds will be doled out to Pharr, Edinburg, Mission, Harlngen, and San Benito.