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The state Department of Commerce granted Skagit County about $77,000 in emergency relief funding Thursday as part of a $1.8 million package for rural counties.

County leadership will have discretion on the use of this funding as long as it is in service of helping people and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a release from the department.

Sarah Hinman, Housing and Community Services division manager with county Public Health, said the county has yet to determine a use for the funding, but said it will likely be used to bolster existing services for low-income families.

Motel vouchers, food assistance and rental assistance are being considered as possible uses, she said.

The county also received $526,000 in emergency funding from Commerce last week, which is being used to add quarantine beds for those who either don’t have housing or can’t isolate themselves at home.

— Reporter Brandon Stone: bstone@skagitpublishing.com, 360-416-2112, Twitter: @Brandon_SVH

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