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With health and safety as our top priorities, King County has invested more than $321.9 million in our response to the COVID-19 pandemic and our community’s recovery. Below is a high-level summary of the federal and state funding we have received, emergency funding passed by the King County Council for response and recovery efforts, and our actual spending as of Nov. 30, 2020.

King County has received the following funding from federal and state agencies:

  • Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act: $530 million*
    The CARES Act provides for payments to state, local, and tribal governments navigating the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Washington State Department of Commerce - COVID-19 Outbreak Emergency Housing Grant: $10.7M
    Funding for local governments to create housing necessary for quarantine, isolation, and additional sanitation to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Washington State Department of Health COVID Funding: $5M 
    Funding for state, local, territorial and tribal health departments to carry out surveillance, epidemiology, laboratory capacity, infection control, mitigation, communications and other preparedness and response activities for COVID-19.

  • Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund: $1.5M
    Funding to increase testing capacity and support ongoing response efforts.

King County expects to receive additional funding from FEMA.

Through five supplemental budget processes, the King County Council has approved $321.9 million to support response and recovery efforts.

  Funding Approved by
King County Council
Actual Spending as of:
Nov. 30
  Public Health COVID-19 Response
$117.9M  $65.9M
  COVID-19 Care Sites and
    Shelter De-intensification
$143.2M  $90.4M
  Grants and Economic Development
 $31.5M  $8.2M
  Continuity of King County Operations  $29.3M


Spending exceeds appropriations in some categories because agencies are using existing appropriations to pre-pay some costs. Additional appropriations may be sought from the County Council for these expenditures.

*Includes funding from the U.S. Department of Treasury, Federal Transit Administration, HUD, Federal Aviation Administration, HRSA, PHSSEF and Telehealth.


This page will be updated monthly to reflect current appropriations and expenditures.