ABERDEEN, S.D. — Millions of dollars have become available to cities and counties in South Dakota to help cover costs related to COVID-19 pandemic expenses via a state fund Gov. Kristi Noem created with federal CARES Act money.

Noem has held press conferences in Sioux Falls, Rapid City over the last few days, and made trips to Huron and Aberdeen on Wednesday, June 24, to announce what Beadle County and Aberdeen elected officials should expect in funding and how they can use it to reinforce budgets strained by pandemic responses.

The city of Huron will receive up to $3.024 million, Beadle County will receive up to $1.219 million, the city of Aberdeen will receive up to $6.388 million, Noem announced Wednesday.

Brown County was allocated up to $2.565 million and Aberdeen will receive up to $6.388 million.

The funds for counties allocate about $66 to each person and is determined by the county’s population. For 884,659 people a total of $58,440,371 was disbursed.

Cities received up to $226 per person based on population, so for the 626,160 people a total of $141,559,629 was disbursed statewide.

The city of Huron will receive up to $3 million in federal CARES Act or COVID-19 relief money for eligible COVID-19 expenses. Beadle County will receive up to $1.2 million in reimbursement for eligible COVID-19 expenses.

The city of Aberdeen will receive up to $6.4 million and Brown County will receive up to $2.6 million for eligible COVID-19 expenses.

Aberdeen Mayor Travis Schaunaman said Noem worked hard to secure those federal dollars for cities to use for COVID-19 related expenses.

"Aberdeen was fortunate not to have needed to spend a substantial amount of money on our COVID response, so we will be able to use the funds to cover police and first responder salaries in addition to the PPE that we acquired," Schaunaman said.

Another death has been added to the COVID-19 case data in South Dakota, accordion got state health officials.

The death was reported Wednesday, raising the total death count to 84. A man who was 80 years or older in Minnehaha County was the latest death.

There were 66 new positive cases since Tuesday. The state’s total number of positive confirmed cases is 6,419.

There were 57 new recoveries for a new total of 5,554. Active cases are now at 781.

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