North Dakota prison officials seek $2.5 million in virus aid
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota corrections officials are seeking up to $2.5 million in federal COVID-19 aid to give temporary pay increases to employees who are required to be in close contact with prisoners and others during the pandemic.
The state’s top budget writer said Friday that other agencies whose workers cannot practice social distancing as part of their job may submit similar requests. The money would come from the $1.25 billion given to the state as part of the federal stimulus package approved in March.
State health officials say North Dakota has gone over 2,500 in total COVID-19 cases, including more than 1,660 in Cass County. There have been 60 deaths.