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Local health centers receive grants

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, announced on Tuesday that several local health centers received grants from the Health Resources & Service Administration’s Health Center Program. Among the recipients was the Ironton- Lawrence County CAO, who received $60,246 in funds.

The HRSA is administered by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The additional funding was allocated under the recently- passed emergency coronavirus supplemental legislation:

“When the recent emergency coronavirus funding bill that I voted for was signed into law earlier this month by President Trump, over $100 million was awarded to over 1,000 health centers nationwide to provide additional supplies, increase testing, and expand the use of telehealth to combat the coronavirus, or COVID-19,” Johnson said in a news release.

“Locally, health centers — including ones in Ironton, Zanesville, Youngstown, Barnesville, Portsmouth, Dover, and Lisbon — have been awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars as a result of the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Funding,” he said.

Johnson urged continued support for medical professionals.

“So, they can effectively combat this deadly virus — and this funding is a step in the right direction in assisting local communities,” he said.