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Gov. Stitt holds news conference on CARES Act funding developments

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Posted at 7:49 AM, Jun 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 14:52:32-04

OKLAHOMA CITY — Governor Stitt held a news conference to announce developments on the CARES Act funding.

City and county leaders accompanied the governor to announce information on the distribution of the CARES Act funds to local governments.

Gov. Stitt and officials announce the State of Oklahoma has begun fulfilling reimbursement requests for the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funds.

Within the first seven days of receiving applications, the state has fulfilled 30 percent of city and county requests.

Help is on the way to Oklahoma’s cities and counties whose services have been impacted by the presence of COVID-19. We are grateful for Oklahoma’s Congressional delegation who made these critical funds available. It has made government more agile for adapting its workforce and services, to include purchasing critical personal protective equipment and enhancing sanitation of public areas or communal facilities. The State has built a robust platform to get these funds out the door efficiently and quickly while also providing thorough oversight, and we expect to see the number of reimbursement applications to at least double in July.
Gov. Kevin Stitt

So far, a total of 21 counties and cities will receive their requested reimbursements which total $2.1 million, said officials.

If any city has not registered with the state, an elected official may submit their contact information to begin the process here.

The reimbursements are administered by the state and are federal funds available due to the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) passed by Congress and signed by President Trump.

Watch the full news conference below:

After the Gov. Stitt made his announcement, questions about President Trump's rally and the increase in corornavirus cases in the state were asked by reporters.

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