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Gov. Steve Sisolak steps away from the podium after an update on coronavirus during a news conference in Las Vegas on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)

Nevada is distributing $148 million of federal CARES Act funding to help communities cover unanticipated expenses triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Thursday.

Clark County and the City of Las Vegas are not recipients because they receive direct funding based on their population sizes. The local governments receiving the money all have populations smaller than 500,000.

The allocations — determined by a per-capita calculation — range from $159,428 to Esmeralda County to roughly $86 million for Washoe County. The counties and incorporated cities must use the funds to cover expenses incurred because of the public health emergency, costs not accounted for in budgets approved as of March 27, or costs incurred from March 1 through Dec. 30.

“COVID-19 has spared no corner of the State with its devastating physical and economic impacts,” Sisolak said in a statement. “Nevadans took quick and decisive action to help slow the spread of the virus and save lives and now we are able to begin the financial recovery.”

The CARES Act funding should arrive in the “coming weeks,” state officials said.

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