Kennedy announces $18.3 million for Louisiana coronavirus response

Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $18,321,454 in federal funding to help address the impact of the coronavirus outbreak in Louisiana.

“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.

  • $13,783,950 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will support a mass feeding initiative for homeless individuals, those with special medical conditions and other high-risk people impacted by the coronavirus outbreak in New Orleans.
  • $2,534,035 from the Department of Health and Human Services will help train the work force, expand telehealth, provide health supplies and promote communication among health centers in response to the coronavirus outbreak in Louisiana.
  • $2,003,469 from the Federal Communications Commission will promote telehealth 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.