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Close to 1,000 people apply for COVID-19 relief in Aspen area

Councilwoman Rachel Richards suggested that the city borrow as much as $5 million from the Wheeler Opera House fund.

ASPEN, Colo. — More than 800 people have applied to Pitkin County’s COVID-19 financial relief program, with the majority of them being Aspen residents, according to Nan Sundeen, director of health and human services for the county.

Aspen City Council on Monday unanimously voted to appropriate $200,000 to the county fund, which is just around $1.3 million.

The county has ponied up $1 million and the town of Snowmass Village contributed $100,000 so far.

Council members agreed during Monday’s special meeting that much more will be required to help Aspen residents during this unprecedented crisis.

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