Rep. Gil Cisneros announced over $2 million in federal funding for health centers in his California district to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.
Funding will go to St. Jude Neighborhood Health Centers, the Friends of Family Health Center and the North Orange County Regional Health Center.
“As our community continues to fight this pandemic, it’s critical that our health centers are properly funded and equipped to meet the demand of COVID-19 cases,” Cisneros said in a statement. “It’s why I advocated and voted for health center funding in the coronavirus stimulus package. Congress has a responsibility to ensure our health centers and all those combating this disease have the support and resources they need.”
California has taken an aggressive approach to stopping with the spread of the coronavirus. On March 19, Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered a statewide stay-at-home order, making California the first state to implement such a widespread lock down. Localities in the state, like San Francisco, issued orders for residents to stay home even earlier than the official state order.
Reports indicate that the proactive action could mean the state was successful in preventing overcrowding at hospitals throughout the state.
“This funding comes at a critical moment for our organization, our patients and the community. Our focus at this time is keeping as many patients safe at home as possible. We are actively reaching out to patients providing education and reassurance regarding the pandemic and how to stay well,” Timothy Brown, the CEO of St. Jude Neighborhood Health Centers, said in a statement.
Brown said they will use the funding too expand virtual visits and telehealth services so patients can connect with physicians from the “safety of their home.” He also said it would be used to expand case management services for those affected by the pandemic.
This most recent announcement of funding for local hospitals comes on the heels of additional funding for cities and towns to respond to the pandemic in the district, totaling $31 million.