Local governments, health districts receiving extra $190 million in COVID-19 funding

Local governments, health districts receiving extra $190 million in COVID-19 funding

Local governments and health districts will receive almost $190 million in extra COVID-19 relief from the state’s federal stimulus funding, Gov. Jay Inslee said Monday.

The places receiving funding did not receive direct distributions under the CARES Act.

“Our local public health jurisdictions, cities and counties have worked tirelessly since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 appeared in Washington to protect their communities,” Inslee said. “This much needed infusion of funds will help sustain their efforts to stop the spread of this virus.”

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About $126 million will be distributed to cities and counties, and about $62 million will be sent to local health jurisdictions.

The governor’s budget office and legislative leaders approved the funding.

This money is in addition to nearly $300 million distributed in the spring to cities and counties not eligible for CARES Act funding.

The Department of Commerce and the Department of Health will distribute the money.