The CARES Act established a $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund to enable state, local, and tribal governments to cover expenses related to slowing the spread of the disease. But several states have barely tapped into the reserve.
Texas, which reported nearly 7,000 new virus cases on June 30, a new record at the time, had used roughly 10% of the federal funds allotted to it by the end of last month, according to the Treasury report. Daily counts remain high in the state, with 8,800 new cases reported on Thursday.
Florida, which by the end of June experienced its seventh consecutive day of at least 5,000 new cases, had only spent 9.7% of the funds afforded to it as of June 30, the report shows. Cases in the Sunshine