Leahy: Vermont to get nearly $2 billion in virus relief package

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UVM Medical Center opened a drive-thru COVID-19 testing operation Monday, one of numerous steps taken in Vermont to get a handle on the spread of coronavirus.

Sen. Patrick Leahy says Vermont is poised to receive nearly $2 billion in support from the nearly $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package passed by the Senate.

Leahy says the legislation, which is expected to pass the House on Friday, includes $1.25 billion to support state and counties that are addressing the economic devastation  caused by the virus. Among other appropriations for Vermont, the bill will provide $20 million to support public transportation, $5.4 million to support public health preparedness and $4.7 million in community development block grants.

Vermont is under a stay-at-home order. More than 120 people tested positive for COVID-19 and there have been eight fatalities, six of which were at Burlington Health &Rehab.

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