County to get major COVID funds

May 14, 2021

Wise County is set to receive more than $7.26 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds through the American Rescue Plan.

Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced the funding in a Tuesday press release.

A total of $7.2 billion is coming to Virginia through the Treasury Department’s launch of the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, established through the rescue plan legislation.

State government will get nearly $4.3 billion, while about $2.9 billion is being distributed to Virginia counties and cities, the senators said. “These funds will allow the commonwealth and localities to recover from the economic harm of COVID, promote public health, invest in broadband, make up for lost revenue, and address many of the other impacts of the pandemic. We will keep working with the commonwealth and local governments to ensure Virginians receive this much-needed relief.”

Allocations for non-entitlement local governments will soon be released and will provide an additional $633 million in relief to Virginia cities and towns, they explained.