Vermont is poised to receive almost $2 billion in support from the nearly $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package that is making its way through Congress, U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy said.
The legislation, which passed the Senate on Wednesday and is expected to pass the House on Friday, includes $1.25 billion to support the 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 already reeling from the impacts of the spread of the coronavirus," Leahy said in a statement. “I have heard from hundreds of small businesses and entities across the state, struggling to support their employees and maintain their businesses.”
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.
Vermont is under a stay-at-home order after more than 120 people tested positive for COVID-19 and there have been eight fatalities.