Acting Virginia Beach city manager approves $500K for personal protective equipment purchases

Posted at 8:56 PM, May 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-08 20:56:03-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Virginia Beach Acting City Manager Tom Leahy approved a transfer of $500,000 in available appropriations to the city's Office of Emergency Management for costs related to fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

In a letter to Virginia Beach Mayor Bobby Dyer and the city council, Leahy said the funds will be used to buy additional personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect healthcare workers and other essential workers who are on the front lines.

Leahy had previously approved two transfers at a total of $577,136 for the same purpose, but he said those funds have been exhausted.

This most recent transfer was approved in accordance with Section 15 of the FY 2019-20 Adopted Operating Budget, which allows the city manager to authorize transfers in any amount previously appropriated in the event of an emergency.

The city declared a local emergency on March 13 in response to the pandemic.

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