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Gov. Beshear announced $36.2 million in CARES Act funding for local and regional health departments

Governor Andy Beshear (D-KY)
Governor Andy Beshear (D-KY)(Andy Beshear)
Published: Jul. 9, 2020 at 7:30 PM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - Gov. Andy Beshear announced $36.2 million in additional Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding for 61 of Kentucky’s local and regional health departments.

The money will reimburse costs incurred from combatting the COVID-19 pandemic and follows $10 million in CARES funding announced in May.

“Kentucky’s health departments have been solidly on the front lines of our battle with COVID-19,” Gov. Beshear said. “We thank our health department leaders and staff, who have worked tirelessly to protect and improve the health and safety of our Kentucky families throughout this global health pandemic. We are pleased to announce this funding, which will help our health departments continue their critical work.”

Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Eric Friedlander said, “It is important that additional funding is available to these deserving facilities and to the heroes who are local and regional public health employees.”

Dr. Steven Stack, Commissioner of the Department for Public Health, said, “These federal funds will make a real difference in local communities by reimbursing health departments for eligible expenses such as emergency operations, community-based surveillance and reporting, education and screenings, distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE) and assessment of public health and medical surge needs.”

He added that the funding assistance represents projected payroll expenses, contractual service costs, travel and medical supplies that local and regional health departments are expected to incur in response to the pandemic.

Reimbursable funds will be available through December 2020.

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