Microsoft announces additional $110M in local COVID relief

SEATTLE (AP) — Microsoft has announced an additional $110 million in pandemic-related relief for schools, nonprofits and hourly workers in Washington state. The company said Thursday it will continue to pay the wages of hourly workers at its campus, even though they haven’t been needed, and that it would spend an additional $60 million in cash and in-kind contributions to support nonprofit organizations in Washington state. Microsoft also said it would provide school districts with free technology to track and report COVID-19 testing data within district boundaries as they begin to reopen, and that it will donate personal protection equipment to any school districts that need it.