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Virginia moves ahead with second-round CARES Act distribution to localities

Gov. Ralph Northam announced Tuesday that the state will distribute $664.6 million in federal COVID-19 relief funding to local governments in its second and final round of allocations.

These payments represent the remaining 50 percent of local allocations and do not include $200.2 million that Fairfax County received directly from the federal government. The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) established the Coronavirus Relief Fund to provide money to states and eligible units of local government navigating the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this distribution, Gloucester County will receive $3,258,469, while Mathews will get $770,732, with distributions based on population.

Virginia received approximately $3.1 billion as its share of the $150 billion CRF. While the CARES Act does not require that states distribute funding to local governments with populations less than 500,000, Northam has directed these federal dollars to cities and counties of all...

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