Joe Runions Emergency Fund Act
The Jackson County Legislature approved the Joe Runions Emergency Fund Act March 30, 2020 to provide emergency funding proposal to combat the toll of COVID-19 on the community.
To date the Jackson County Legislature has approved $8.5 million in funding for the Act. The funding package provides $2,000,000 to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) and testing kits. It will be allocated as follows:
- Truman Medical Centers (TMC) or Jackson County Health Department – $1,000,000
- Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and/or smaller municipalities within the County – $500,000
- Jackson County Department of Corrections – $300,000
- Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office – $200,000
The County has purchased 90,000 masks on behalf of TMC at a cost of $1.98 each. The first 15,000 of this order was delivered April 20.
The County also purchased 15,000 masks for $29,700 out of a much larger planed order of 150,000.
Somera Road Inc., out of New York City has donated an additional 5,000 KN95 masks to the County. Somera Road Inc., is the new developer of the 300 Wyandotte building and the Lightwell (old City Center Square).
Department 30,000 Allocation
Circuit Court 1,000
Environmental Health 200
County (general) 200
Prosecutor’s Office 100
Public Works 100
Medical Examiner 2,000
City of Grandview 1,500
City of Greenwood 100
City of Raytown 400
City of Buckner 100
City of Sugar Creek 50
City of Grain Valley 150
City of Blue Springs 1,300
City of Lone Jack 100
Central Jackson County Fire 1,000
Jackson County Election Board 1,400
Truman Medical Center 15,000
Legislative 2 District Churches 1,200
Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr., announced temporary emergency housing for COVID-19 positive residents. Read the news release here .
The Runions Act is named for Joe Runions, a member of the Missouri House of Representatives who was diagnosed with the Coronavirus in March of 2020.