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Covington Receives $81,000 through CARES Act

The City of Covington received an $81,593 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.

The money was made available through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and will assist the city in its coronavirus response efforts.

The funding is being distributed by DOJ’s Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program, which allows local governments like Covington to support efforts to control the spread of coronavirus in the area, a news release from the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said. 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, sanitizer, and other coronavirus-related priorities.

To date, organizations in Covington have received more than $5.3 million as a result of Senator McConnell’s CARES Act, including funding for Healthpoint Family Care, Gateway Community And Technical College, and the Housing Authority of Covington.

“The Senate took bold action to support communities battling the coronavirus crisis, and I’m proud the City of Covington is receiving this vital assistance,” said McConnell. “These federal resources can help Kentuckians on the frontlines protect themselves while keeping families and communities safe. As Senate Majority Leader, I’m constantly working to advance Kentucky’s priorities in the national discussion. I’m grateful to Kentucky first responders who are leading the effort to beat this virus and get back to normal.”

“These funds come at the right time. Covington, as with all cities, did not budget its resources to handle the COVID pandemic. This grant helps us to continue to serve our citizens with needed public services. Every little bit helps us do this,” said Covington City Manager David Johnston. “Here in Covington we know that Senator McConnell was instrumental in getting the CARES Act quickly through Congress. We appreciate his help on this grant and on so many other fronts that help Covington out.”

-Staff report