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Posted on: December 14, 2020

Jackson County successfully allocates $122 million in federal CARES Act funding

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 14, 2020


KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jackson County is announcing today that it has successfully allocated the $122,669,998 in federal CARES Act monies it received to address urgent needs across the County caused by the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. Guidance from the federal government required that the funds received be expended by December 30, 2020.

 

“Our health care professionals, cities, schools and partner agencies have faced so many challenges and hardships this year. It’s gratifying to be able to provide the resources to help them get through this difficult time,” said Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. “My administration and the Legislature worked together closely to ensure these federal dollars were used appropriately and efficiently to aid in the relief of those affected by the pandemic. As we know, this virus is still in our community and the need for help remains great. We will do everything we can to continue being a source of support, while protecting the health and safety of our community.”

 

“Our cities and the County are truly on the front line of dealing with this pandemic. Partnership between local governments was critically important to assist as many residents and agencies as possible to fight the spread of the virus, while maintaining services that are critical to the residents of Jackson County,” said Jackson County Legislature Chairman Theresa Galvin, 6th District. “I am thankful to the County Executive and his administration, the Jackson County Legislature and to our city leaders for the work they have done to ensure all of Jackson County would benefit from the relief funds. This COVID-19 health crisis has affected all of our residents, businesses and communities in a variety of ways. I hope that by distributing these funds and working closely with our partners that our community can begin to return to normalcy as safely and sensibly as possible.”

 

The County’s CARES Act allocations provided essential support for various community efforts and programs based on needs created by the pandemic, including, but not limited to:

 

  • Truman Medical Centers – $32.4 million
    • Addition of new ventilators, negative pressure room expansion, increased in-house testing capacity, double supply of powered air-purifying respirators, which safeguard workers against contaminated air
  • Health Departments – $24.9 million
    • Covered all 2020 COVID-19 related costs for Jackson County and KCMO health departments, including increased testing capacity, contact tracing and staffing
  • Community Health Centers – $5.6 million
    • Testing, screening and care for uninsured at Swope Health Services, KC CARE, Samuel U. Rodgers, as well as building modifications in line with CDC guidelines to provide for the safety of staff and patients to mitigate COVID-19 spread
  • Cities – $40.1 million
    • Supported communities within Jackson County to help them pay for any necessary expense incurred due to the public health emergency such as:
      • KCMO: $1 million of spending plan supported grant assistance to qualifying small businesses and households experiencing significant hardship
      • Independence: $3.1 million of spending plan supported residents and small businesses with utility assistance as well as public saliva-based testing
  • K-12 Public Schools – $5 million
    • Funding supported K-12 public school districts help address immediate needs of students and teachers at elementary and secondary schools, including but not limited to, enhanced wireless internet services, improved education technology and COVID-19 testing

 

On March 27, Congress passed and the president signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which established a new $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) for state, county and municipal governments with populations of over 500,000 people to address necessary expenditures incurred due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The State of Missouri received approximately $2 billion to distribute to other cities and counties and Jackson County received $122,669,998.30, which may only be used to cover costs that:

 

  1. Are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID–19); and
  2. Were not accounted for in the budget most recently approved as of March 27, 2020 (the date of enactment of the CARES Act); and
  3. Were incurred during the period that begins on March 1, 2020 and ends on December 30, 2020.

 

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