Arkansas cities, counties may now apply for coronavirus aid

Fort Smith, Arkansas September 24, 2019 - The U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort smith Arkansas choose the 130th Anniversary of the U.S. Marshals to dedicate it’s brand new Hall of Honor and the museum building itself. This is the first part of the museum to be finished so far, the museum is still under construction and hopes to open to the public by the end of next year. Speakers at todays dedication included Doug Babb, Sam T. Sicard, Robert A. Young III, Ltd. Governor Tim Griffin, Governor Asa Hutchinson and U.S. Marshals Director Donald Washington. Photo by: Shane T. McCoy / US Marshals

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Cities, towns and counties in Arkansas may now apply for funding from the state’s share of the federal coronavirus relief program. The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration announced Saturday that $75 million is available to cities and towns and $75 million to counties for reimbursement of costs associated with expenses related to their response to the coronavirus pandemic. Eligible expenses include payroll for public health and safety employees; public health expenses; and personal protective equipment. The state health department on Saturda reported 98,422 total cases, including both confirmed and probable cases, an 1,684 deaths due to COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.