Pierce County allocated a total of $9.7 million in CARES Act funding this week to support the county’s response to COVID-19.

Of the funds, $5 million will be used to supply personal protective equipment to the county’s K-12 schools in support of their reopening this fall, according to a press release from the county.

“School may be out for the summer, but we are already thinking about the next school year,” County Executive Bruce Dammeier said in a statement. “These resources will help local schools provide our kids a quality education in a safe environment, which is critically important to all of us.”

Additionally, $2 million will go towards expanding distribution of personal protective equipment to small and medium-sized businesses in the county, according to the release. This is in accordance with Gov. Jay Inslee’s Safe Start Washington plan, which requires employers to provide face coverings for employees, according to the Pierce County COVID-19 Response and Recovery webpage.

A full detail of allocation of the county’s CARES Act funds can be found here.