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Malheur County requests reimbursement from state for COVID-19-related costs.

Malheur County Health Department in Ontario. (The Enterprise/file)

Malheur County submitted a request to the state for nearly $95,500 in reimbursement of costs related to COVID-19, according to records obtained from the county.

The request is for expenses the county incurred between March 1 and May 15, said Malheur County Administrator Lorinda DuBois, and there may be a second request in July.

The county is seeking a share of the $1.6 billion in federal relief provided to the state of Oregon. Gov. Kate Brown set aside $200 million to help counties recover money spent in dealing with the global pandemic.

DuBois said over 44% of the reimbursement would be for payroll costs of employees who have been working on the county’s COVID-19 Task Force, which consists of Malheur County and health . . .