The Natrona County School District board of trustees on Monday voted to hire six additional nurses for the schools for the 2020-2021 school year.

The board's budget committee recommended the one-year hires because of the need for increased nursing services during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the committee.

The cost for the positions is about $550,000.

The nursing positions will be funded from the board's priority budget using one-time dollars.

Statewide, as of Monday there have been 3,068 laboratory-confirmed cases, with 2,474 recovered lab-confirmed cases; 535 probable cases with 453 recovered probable cases; and 37 deaths from the coronavirus.

Of the total 3,068 lab-confirmed cases, 233 lab-confirmed cases and 40 probable cases have been reported in Natrona County. Probable cases are close contacts of lab-confirmed cases with symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

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