Beatty Announces Another $1.1 Million+ in Central Ohio Coronavirus Funding
WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) announced today that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded $882,166 to expand coronavirus (COVID-19) testing at four community health centers across Ohio’s Third Congressional District. In addition, the National Science Foundation is providing two grants ($262,387 total) to The Ohio State University to conduct scientific research and modeling related to the ongoing public health crisis. Funding was made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, P.L. 116-136, and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, P.L. 116-139, laws Beatty helped pass in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“We need more testing and even more scientific research to effectively combat the coronavirus,” Beatty said. “Our community health centers and our amazing Central Ohio scientists are indispensable partners in that effort.” She continued, “As the Representative of Ohio’s Third Congressional District, I will continue to advocate for additional resources to support expanded testing, better treat patients, and improve our understanding on how best to mitigate transmission risks of the virus.”
Specifically, these funds will be used to:
- Purchase, administer, and increase capacity for testing to monitor and suppress COVID-19 at OH-03 community health centers operated by Heart of Ohio Family Health Center ($248,059), Lower Lights Christian Health Center, Inc. ($284,794), Southeast Community Mental Health Center, Inc. ($211,984), and The Ohio State University ($137,329).
- Create and study the dynamics and size for potential regional COVID-19 outbreaks and the role of early intervention at The Ohio State University ($198,598).
- Examine social distancing behaviors and their effects on the likelihood of infection respectively at The Ohio State University ($63,789).
To date, Ohio’s Third Congressional District has received $101,992,456 in COVID-19 federal funds.
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