Arkansas cities, counties may now apply for coronavirus aid

Updated: Oct. 18, 2020 at 12:30 PM EDT
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Cities, towns and counties in Arkansas may now apply for funding from the state’s share of the federal coronavirus relief program.

The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration announced Saturday that $75 million is available to cities and towns and $75 million to counties for reimbursement of costs associated with expenses related to their response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Eligible expenses include payroll for public health and safety employees; public health expenses; and personal protective equipment.

The state health department on Saturday reported 98,422 total cases, including both confirmed and probable cases, and 1,684 deaths due to COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.

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