Rep. Davids welcomes new federal aid for Wyandotte County to address the coronavirus

September 23, 2020
Press Release

The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, recently announced that the State Office of Recovery has approved its plan for distribution of funds from the CARES Act, a federal relief bill that Representative Sharice Davids supported.

More than $37 million is being allocated throughout the county to combat the impacts of coronavirus – including increased and free testing, contact tracing, and community outreach and education. More than $9 million will also be distributed to local organizations to support nonprofits and small businesses and help residents with rent, utilities, and food assistance.

“People in Kansas and across the county continue to feel the impacts of coronavirus, both on their health and on their economic security. The CARES Act, which I voted for, is one part of helping get them the relief they need,” said Rep. Davids. “Access to free and easy testing is an important step to containing the virus and opening our economy safely and I’m very glad these funds are helping Wyandotte County residents.

“Congress has much more work to do to help this country recover, and I’ll keep advocating for another bipartisan relief package,” said Davids. “That has to include widespread and rapid testing, and the production of more personal protective equipment, so we can control this virus to save lives and save our economy. It also has to help people stay afloat as we get the virus under control – including emergency unemployment insurance, paid family leave, and help for state and local governments to avoid severe cuts to our public schools, roads, fire departments, public health agencies, and other essential services Kansans depend on.”

David Alvey, Mayor of the United Government of Wyandotte County, said: “The allocation of $37 million in initial CARES Act funding will provide a tremendous benefit to our community as we continue to battle the health and economic impacts of COVID-19,” stated Mayor David Alvey. “In particular, I’m pleased that more than $9 million in direct aid will be distributed to more than 60 local organizations in Wyandotte County, providing meaningful support to nonprofits and small businesses, as well as rent, utility, and food assistance for our residents.”

Juliann Van Liew, Wyandotte County Public Health Department Director, said: “The CARES funding has been absolutely essential to our COVID-19 response. A significant portion of Wyandotte County’s CARES dollars are going directly to fighting this public health pandemic in the form of free testing, contact tracing, and robust communications.  Without these funds, the Unified Government Public Health Department would not be able to respond appropriately to this pandemic, and our community would be at even greater risk.”

More information from Wyandotte County can be found here.