- On May 18, 2020
Spending totals $13.1 million since crisis began
The Wake County Board of Commissioners voted today to allocate $62.7 million in federal funds to cover the county’s COVID-19 response through June 30, the end of Fiscal Year 2020.
“Wake County is facing many of the same challenges that communities across the nation and around the globe are facing as a result of COVID-19,” Board Chairman Greg Ford said. “We are grateful to see these funds come back to our local taxpayers from the federal government, and we have a plans in place to use these resources to support our residents moving forward.”
Wake County has received $194 million under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The funds allocated today will cover direct expenses incurred in response to COVID-19, including wages, supplies and equipment, communications and outreach costs, emergency housing for the homeless, and increases to public health and safety.
Much of the money will flow into the Wake County Emergency Operations Center, which has been activated for 76 days. As of May 14, Wake County has spent $13.1 million in response to COVID-19.
The current allocation includes money to address second-order effects of coronavirus through the House Wake! strategic housing plan. In addition, the board will hold a public hearing and consider using $5 million in CARES Act funds to create a relief program for small businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19.
As the COVID-19 crisis escalated, the commissioners dipped into the county’s savings to fund the unexpected costs of combating the virus. The board appropriated $2 million of fund balance on March 16 and another $8.8 million on March 26. The CARES Act funds allow the county to put that money back into savings.
By June 30, when the current fiscal year ends, Wake County expects to have spent a total of $62.7 million on its response to COVID-19. By Dec. 31, the estimate is $155.2 million.
Wake County has made it easy for you to stay updated on the latest information about COVID-19. You can visit our COVID-19 webpage, which has a set of frequently asked questions to educate residents in English and in Spanish, a list of COVID-19-related closures and service changes, as well as an email address and phone number that people can use to ask personal health-related questions about COVID-19.
The county is also sharing important information on its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.