In the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 State of California budget, Shasta County has been allocated $18,153,000 in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) funds to offset expenses incurred related to the public health emergency caused by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). These funds cover expenses not budgeted by the County for March 1, 2020 through December 30, 2020. The County received the first payment of $3 million during the first week of August.
These funds will be expended by the County to cover response to the COVID-19 disease outbreak, but also to address the hardships resulting from the disease outbreak that many of our residents have experienced. Spending will fall into the following areas:
• Response by County to COVID emergency, both in continuity of County operations and in
community measures to control the outbreak;
• Partnership with the business community to provide microgrants to businesses unable to secure
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans;
• County efforts to reduce effects of mental health holds on hospital operations;
• Community interventions to mitigate stress and depression related to COVID pandemic
impacts on families and individuals;
• Partnership with school districts to facilitate reopening of schools by installing disease control
barriers in front offices and cafeterias;
• Partnership with providers working to keep our vulnerable seniors safe.