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DPH COVID-19 Update 7/22/2020

As previously noted, St. Louis County had asked for community input on how to directly spend $7 million of CARES funding for healthcare. Members of the community responded and ultimately decided that specific healthcare services were needed in the county’s most vulnerable areas, most of them in north county.

  • Jul 22, 2020
  • News & Updates

St. Louis County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update July 22, 2020

 

CARES Healthcare Applications Now Open

As previously noted, St. Louis County had asked for community input on how to directly spend $7 million of CARES funding for healthcare. Members of the community responded and ultimately decided that specific healthcare services were needed in the county’s most vulnerable areas, most of them in north county.

St. Louis County Department of Public Health is seeking bids to provide the following services to the community.

  • COVID-19 Testing.  Funding to increase access to testing including mobile testing in high traffic places (e.g. grocery stores, churches, schools in high burden neighborhoods) and testing for homebound seniors and individuals with disabilities.  
    • Funding amount: $1.5 million  
  • Healthcare Services or Programs.  Funding to provide primary and preventative care including wellness visits, immunizations, and screenings; Dental care including preventative, diagnostic, and restorative care. Optometry care including routine eye exams, screenings, fitting and prescribing optical aids such as glasses and contact lenses.  
    • Funding amount: $2 million  
  • PPE and Supplies.  Funding to provide personal protective equipment and supplies including masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, and home cleaning supplies.  
    • Funding amount: $500,000  
  • Mental Health and Behavioral Health Programs or Services.  Funding to provide substance use disorder and/or mental health treatment assistance including but not limited to therapy for stress, depression, anxiety and or trauma in person or via tele-health. Psychiatric services may include diagnosis of mental health conditions, medication therapy and medication monitoring (in-person and/or tele-health). 
    • Funding amount: $2 million
  • Utilization of a Healthcare Emergency Fund.  Funding to provide for miscellaneous emergency healthcare needs such as health insurance coverage, coverage of co-pays, medical expenses, costs of prescriptions, or technology to facilitate tele-health participation. 
    • Funding amount: $1 million  

Funding to Focus on Additional COVID-19 Testing

St. Louis County also announced an additional infusion of $2.5 million in CARES Act funding to support diagnostic testing for COVID-19. Community Health Centers, including Federally Qualified Health Centers, that have existing COVID-19 testing infrastructure will be eligible to apply for this funding to cover testing costs conducted for St. Louis County residents. 

This funding is in addition to free testing available by appointment, for all County residents at the Department of Public Health. Upcoming funding opportunities for innovative testing projects such as mobile testing soon to be available through the participatory budgeting process and more detailed information about the application will be disseminated.

Contact Information

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services hotline can be reached at (877) 435-8411. St. Louis County COVID-19 website stlcorona.com.