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Governor Justice announces how remaining CARES Act funds will be distributed

$48 million will be put towards a nursing program aiming to bring more quality nurses to West...
$48 million will be put towards a nursing program aiming to bring more quality nurses to West Virginia.(file | file)
Published: Dec. 23, 2021 at 7:09 PM EST
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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - According to a press release, West Virginia has $122.8 million of funds from the CARES Act left to use. That money is being distributed as described below...

  • $48 million: a nursing program - The program aims to bring more quality nurses to the state. It recruits nurses from other states, amps up nursing programs across West Virginia, and creates more schools and institutions.
    • Governor Justice says 1,700 nurses in West Virginia chose to not renew their license last year and 68% of those nurses pointed to burnout as the reason.
  • $22 million: Back-to-Work initiative - This initiative aims to bring more people into the workforce. An incentive will be offered for people who get a job and hold it for over 90 days.
  • $10 million: Emergency Management Crisis Fund - This fund aims to help first responders get resources.
  • $7.25 million: Food pantries and homeless shelters - $5,000 will be given to each of West Virginia’s 600 food banks and $1 million will go to the state’s two biggest food banks. $500,000 will go to West Virginia National Guard’s Rock Branch emergency food bank facility. $250,000 will be distributed to seven other organizations that help people find food, shelter, and medical care.
  • $6 million: Salvation Army Potomac Division
  • $500,000: Shepherd University research program - The new program aims to reduce harm from fatal diseases and will help with pain treatment in an effort to combat the opioid crisis.
  • $3 million: Remote work facilities - WVU will use these funds to expand these facilities across the state. Facilities will be public and equipped with free WiFi.
  • $1.5 million: West Virginia State Fairgrounds - Funds will help with Covid response at Greenbrier County’s mass vaccination location.
  • $2 million: West Virginia Game Changers - An educational preventative substance misuse initiative that connects West Virginia students with educators
  • $2.7 million West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources - Covid-related costs
  • $1.3 million: Do it for Babydog Vaccination Sweepstakes
  • $3.3 million: Covid-related administrative costs
  • $15.2 million: for state agencies to recover Covid costs for frontline workers

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