CARES money hitting the streets: County awards $43 million of its $80 million coronavirus relief grant

Health Care workers from Alii Health Center take a patient’s vital signs March 28 during COVID-19 screening at Old Kona Airport Park. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

With less than five months left to use it all or lose it, Hawaii County has been just chipping away at spending $80 million in federal coronavirus relief funds, but the pace is expected to quicken over the coming months as grants are distributed among community organizations and individuals.