President Trump declares ‘major disaster’ in Alabama amid pandemic

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President Donald Trump answers a question from PBS reporter Yamiche Alcindor during a coronavirus task force briefing in the Rose Garden of the White House, Sunday, March 29, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WDHN) — President Donald Trump approved a disaster declaration for the state of Alabama Sunday.

With this, state, tribal, and local efforts to combat COVID-19 will now receive federal aid.

“Federal funding is available to State, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance, for all areas in the State of Alabama impacted by COVID-19,” a release from the White House states.

Pete Gaynor, administrator of FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security, selected Gracia B. Szczech as the federal coordinating officer for the federal government’s recovery operations in Alabama.

If needed, other designations may be added if the state requests it or if other assessments appear to require them.

As of this report, Alabama has 830 cases.

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