Last summer, state legislators decided that county commissioners would determine if, when and how federal aid would be distributed to their local health departments. As retribution for shutting down local businesses, many county commissioners refused to fork over Cares Act funding to their local health departments. The state had recommended that 15% of Cares Act funds go to local health departments. As of early October, at least 40 local health departments hadn’t received any funds. That’s zero percent. Those that did reported receiving only 8% of the county Cares Act money they were due.
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