Local health center gets $687,155 grant

MONROE COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded over a billion dollars to health centers across the country to battle COVID-19.

The grants are meant to help communities detect, prevent and treat coronavirus. The Monroe County Health Center received more than $687,000 in funding to help handle cases in its area.

“Monroe County has an aging population and our seniors, they get together for dinners and lunches,” said CEO Jim Nelson. “If this were to be exposed to any of those events, it could turn into something more than what it is.”

Nelson says the money will help the agency test more people in the area.

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