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York County to receive $40.5 million in COVID-19 relief funds

Logan Hullinger
York Dispatch

York County is slated to receive $40.5 million in federal coronavirus relief funds after Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday afternoon signed legislation that swiftly passed through both chambers of the state Legislature the day before.

The $25.75 billion funding package, which passed both the state House and Senate unanimously, also divvies up $2.6 billion in federal CARES Act funding to counties and various state departments. 

"These funds will go a long way in providing much-needed relief, and hopefully some peace of mind, for everyone being affected by this pandemic,” said state Rep. Keith Gillespie, R-Hellam Township, in a statement.

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While $625 million of the CARES Act funds will go directly to counties depending on their population, the remaining cash will go to a variety of state departments to bolster government services.

Rep. Keith Gillespie, R-47th District, during the Swearing-in Day ceremony at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. Dawn J. Sagert photo

That includes $225 million for the Statewide Small Business Assistance Program, $632 million to nursing homes and long-term care facilities — which have been most severely impacted by the pandemic — and $20 million for food assistance programs.

In addition, $50 million will be allocated to fire companies and emergency medical service companies, the release states.

The U.S. Senate is now mulling a fifth wave of federal aid to combat the damage from the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier this month, the Democratic-controlled House passed legislation that would provide about $1 trillion to state and local governments, though Republicans wanting to curb federal spending strongly oppose the idea.

As of noon Monday, there were 1,103 cases of coronavirus in York County and 26 deaths linked to the virus.

Statewide, there were 72,282 cases and 5,567 deaths.

— Logan Hullinger can be reached at lhullinger@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @LoganHullYD.