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County gets state COVID-19 funding

Columbus County will receive $1,153,133 from the 2020 COVID-19 Recovery Act, which was unanimously passed by the legislature and signed into law last week by Gov. Roy Cooper. Rep. Brenden Jones, R-Columbus, announced the amount of funding for Columbus County by the law.

The legislation established a $300 million Local Government Reserve, half of which is being directly distributed to 97 of North Carolina’s 100 counties. Counties that did not receive funds from the federal CARES Act are eligible for a base payment of $250,000 with additional money allocated based on per capita population.

“I’m pleased we were able to secure these much-needed funds towards the path to recovery,” said Jones. “It’s time to rebuild and reboot.”

The money can only be used to offset coronavirus-related costs including, but not limited to, establishing temporary medical facilities, testing, disinfecting public areas, public safety measures, and purchasing and distributing protective supplies. Counties can allocate portions of the funds to municipalities for those expenses.

The overall bill provides significant new resources across the state to support hospitals, research, testing, small businesses, school nutrition and much more.

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