Vermont requests federal disaster funding

MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) Vermont has officially requested federal disaster funds to assist the state in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a letter to President Trump Monday, Gov. Phil Scott asked for federal Public Assistance funds for the state and all towns.

If granted, the disaster assistance provides a 75% reimbursement to state and local governments and some nonprofits for emergency protective measures.

The state has already spent more than $20-million responding to COVID-19, but the final total is expected to be much higher.

The Governor also asked for Disaster Unemployment Assistance and Crisis Counseling Assistance. It's not clear when federal officials will respond to the request.

"The COVID-19 disaster is of such severity and magnitude that effective response is beyond the capabilities of the state and the affected local governments," Scott, R-Vermont, said in his letter. "Federal assistance is absolutely necessary to ensure the health and safety of all individuals in Vermont."