On Wednesday, Governor Abbott announced that $41 million in federal funds will be going to help Texas cities and counties to aid in the response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
“I thank our federal partners for their support and ongoing collaboration as we work to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Texas,” said Governor Abbott. “This funding is a critical to helping local governments protect Texans and combat the spread of the virus in our communities. The State of Texas will continue to work with the federal government to help meet the needs of our cities and counties as they respond to COVID-19.”
According to Abbott, the funds will be used for:
- First responder overtime and hazard pay.
- Equipment and supplies supporting teleworking technologies, social distancing, and personal protective gear.
- County jail costs associated with the medical needs of inmates as well as reimbursement for holding inmates awaiting transfer to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
The first round of awards, totaling $7 million, will be distributed this week.
Abbott said that the funds come from the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Program authorized by the federal Emergency Appropriations for Coronavirus Health Response and Agency Operations Act.
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