PIERRE, S.D. — Local governments will get reimbursed for unbudgeted COVID-19 expenditures using funds from the Local Government COVID Recovery Fund, Gov. Kristi Noem announced Monday, June 22.

The $200 million fund will tap into the $1.25 billion in federal CARES Act money.

Expenses related to the pandemic that are eligible for reimbursement include those made as far back as March 1 up until Dec. 30, 2020.

The expenditures eligible for reimbursement cannot be costs already included in approved county and city budgets as of March 27.

Noem said during a press conference Monday that she would still like to see the U.S. Department of Treasuring give states more flexibility to recoup any loss sales tax revenue.

The state added 29 new positive cases of COVID-19 to the overall total, according to Monday’s report from the South Dakota Department of Health.

The state now has a total of 6,326 cases. The death toll remained at 81. Active cases decreased by 19 from Sunday to 808, and there are 88 people currently hospitalized for COVID-19.

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