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COVID-19 Update 8/4: Commissioners applying for $8 million in coronavirus relief funding to give to local municipalities

August 4, 2020 News Extra

Butler County municipalities will soon apply for a piece of an $8 million federally funded pie.

According to a news release Tuesday, the Butler County Board of Commissioners have allocated $8 million to cover expenses to municipalities relating to the coronavirus pandemic.

The allocation comes from a total of $17 million the county received through the U.S. Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.

“Our municipalities like all local levels of government have been impacted by the COVID-19,” said County Commissioner Kim Geyer in an interview Tuesday.

As county officials announced the measure Tuesday, Butler County continued its bout with the virus Tuesday by adding nine confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to the daily report by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

The county has a total of 565 confirmed cases since the pandemic began with a death toll of 15.

Commissioners will host phone meetings with municipal officials to help guide them through the application process and to answer any questions.

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COVID-19 Regional Update

The following numbers on the coronavirus pandemic were compiled from regular news releases from the state Department of Health.

Tuesday's COVID-19 statistics:

Butler County

Confirmed cases: 565

Probable cases: 50

Negative tests: 13,115

Deaths: 15

Pennsylvania

New cases: 854

Total cases: 115,009

New deaths: 23

Total deaths: 7,232

Recovered: 75 percent

Surrounding Counties

Allegheny: 8,213 confirmed cases; 114,321 negative; and 237 deaths

Armstrong: 191 confirmed; 3,966 negative; and 6 deaths

Beaver: 1,228 confirmed; 11,867 negative; and 89 deaths

Clarion: 74 confirmed; 1,883 negative; and 2 deaths

Lawrence: 305 confirmed; 5,031 negative; and 12 deaths

Mercer: 321 confirmed; 7,627 negative; and 9 deaths

Venango: 47 confirmed and 3,250 negative

Westmoreland: 1,426 confirmed; 29,968 negative; and 46 deaths