Madison County received a $58,008 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice on Monday to aid in the coronavirus response effort.
The funding comes on a day in which 10 new COVID-19 cases were reported in by the Madison County Health Department. That brings the overall total number of cases to 73; 49 of those patients have recovered.
The grant money, made available by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, will be used to assist the county with its coronavirus response efforts, according to a news release sent out from the office of Senator Mitch McConnell.
According to the release, funding is being distributed by DOJ’s Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program, which allows local governments like Madison County to support efforts to control the spread of coronavirus in the area. The funding can be used for overtime pay for first responders, equipment for law enforcement and medical professionals, personal protection equipment such as masks, gloves, and sanitizer, as well as other coronavirus-related priorities.
Judge/Executive Reagan Taylor said he is thankful to receive assistance for the county.
“During these challenging times, I am thankful that Madison County and the citizens of Kentucky have such a strong leader in Mitch McConnell," Taylor said. “With his help and the support of our congressional delegation, these funds will aid in assisting to offset the impact of COVID-19 in our detention center.”
To date, organizations in Madison County have received more than $14.3 million as a result of the CARES Act, including $10.5 million for Eastern Kentucky University, $3.5 million for Berea College, $30,000 for Central Kentucky Regional Airport, $132,094 for Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, $128,042 for the Housing Authority of Richmond, and $20,720 for the Housing Authority of Berea.
“The Senate took bold action to support communities battling the coronavirus crisis, and I’m proud my CARES Act continues to support strong local officials like Judge Reagan Taylor who are helping lead the response in Madison County,” McConnell said. “Those on the frontlines of this crisis, including our first responders and health care heroes, deserve all the support we can provide. As Senate Majority Leader, I’m constantly working to deliver the resources to overcome the coronavirus crisis in Kentucky.”
In addition to these federal funds, the CARES Act has had an $11 billion impact in Kentucky so far.
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