Rep. Beatty announces $3.3M in COVID-19 funding for Columbus
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX) — Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D-OH-3) announced Thursday that the City of Columbus will receive more than three million dollars in COVID-19 funding.
Rep. Beatty's announcement comes shortly after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced this week that the City of Columbus will receive a $3,396,978 grant.
Beatty says the funds will address racial health disparities related to COVID-19 as well as to improve outreach in communities hardest hit by the pandemic.
“Right now, the sad reality is that Black Americans are being hospitalized at nearly three times the rate from COVID-19 as compared to their white counterparts, not to mention that they are almost twice as likely to die. The statistics are just as bad for the Latinx community and Asian Americans,” Beatty said. “I have heard from countless constituents about the all-too common heartache, life-changing impact, and systemic barriers facing their families because of the ongoing public health crisis," said Beatty.
The funding was made available through a piece of legislation supported by Rep. Beatty. The legislation was the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2020, P.L. 116-260.
"As Representative of Ohio’s Third Congressional District and Chair of the powerful Congressional Black Caucus, I refuse to stand idly by as more of our family members, friends, and neighbors die.” She continued, “That is why I was insistent on securing billions of dollars to provide much-needed support and dedicated resources to the people and communities that need it the most, and I promise to keep working with my congressional colleagues to improve the lives, livelihoods, and future of all Americans," said Beatty.