OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The state of Nebraska and some cities and counties are getting a combined $6.4 million to address public safety issues during the coronavirus outbreak.
The Omaha World-Herald reports that the Nebraska Crime Commission received a $4.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to respond to the public safety challenges posed by the outbreak of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.
Meanwhile, another $2.1 million was allocated to local jurisdictions, including Omaha, which is getting $1.15 million. In addition, Lincoln received about $429,000, Grand Island received about $85,500, Sarpy County received $58,000 and Bellevue received $35,800.
Officials say jurisdictions can use the money for things such as hiring workers, paying overtime, purchasing protective equipment, distributing resources to hard-hit areas and addressing inmates’ medical needs.