Sen. John Kennedy announces $18.3 million in coronavirus response funds coming to Louisiana


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WASHINGTON (BRProud) – Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) today announced over $18.3 million in federal funding is headed to Louisiana to help address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic .

“As Louisiana flattens the curve, we should continue to support the health and safety of our communities with resources that will help keep our state on track,” said Kennedy.

According to Sen. Kennedy’s Office, $13,783,950 will come to New Orleans from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to support a mass feeding initiative for homeless individuals, people with special medical conditions and other high-risk people impacted by COVID-19. $2,534,035 from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will go to work force training, the expansion of tele-health, provide health supplies and promoting communication among health centers responding to the coronavirus outbreak in Louisiana.

Sen. Kennedy’s Office reports $2,003,469 from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will promote tele-health services and equipment in Louisiana. These grants include:

  • $930,098 to support laptop computers, tablets, network upgrades and software licenses at Access Health Louisiana in Kenner.
  •   $561,131 to support tablets, phones, mobile hotspots and remote monitoring equipment at Community Health Systems in Zachary.
  •  $271,850 to support a telemedicine cart and tablet computers at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
  • $240,390 to support a telemetry video system, tablets, desktop computers and telemedicine devices at DeSoto Regional Health System in Mansfield.

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