RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT) Governor Roy Cooper announced this week that the new NC Pandemic Recovery office, a temporary office that coordinates and oversees federal and state funds for COVID-19 recovery legislation, has issued payments to 59 counties from the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF).
This week, $85.4 million will be paid to counties that have completed their certification.
One of those counties includes Carteret County. The area will be receiving more than $1.3 million.
The money can be used for medical and public health expenses related to virus response, such as testing, personal protective equipment, cleaning costs, and overtime pay.
Carteret County leaders say they will spend the money on COVID-19 public health and safety measures. That includes covering COVID-19 expenses from the county jail, public health facilities and public employees.
Tommy Burns, the county managers says, “As the world changes and adapts to new business norms, these federal funds will help enhance the services the County can provide to protect public health, safety and wellbeing of our residents due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“This money is crucial for local governments to help pay for health and public safety officials, telemedicine, personal protective equipment, and more,” said Governor Cooper.
NC PRO will offer technical assistance for entities who receive funds as well as ensure proper reporting of state and federal funds paid out.
Carteret County leaders say the funds must be used by the end of this year.
Here’s a look at how much other counties in the east are getting:
– Pitt County: $3,190,732
– Onslow County: $3,470,516
– Craven County: $1,911,835
For more information on NCPRO, the county payments, or the new leadership in the office, go to the NCPRO website.
Read the Press Release to learn more about the funding levels and what the funds may be used for locally.