ST. LOUIS COUNTY (August 3, 2020) - County Executive Dr. Sam Page announced Monday that the county is partnering with community health centers to increase COVID-19 testing in north St. Louis County.
St. Louis County has committed $4 million of its CARES Act grant to ensuring that testing reaches historically underserved communities.
“To increase accessibility to testing, we have been working to establish and enhance more partnerships, especially in areas where the virus has disproportionately impacted our residents,” said Dr. Page. One of those partners is the Betty Jean Kerr People’s Health Centers.
“The BJK People's Health Centers has served the health care needs of the North County underserved community for more than 20 years, and in this unprecedented time of crisis and concern, this injection of County funding to support and broaden our COVID-19 mitigation and testing efforts in North County, as well as support our general partnership to attend to the health needs of our community, is a great step in the direction of good health and healing,” said Dwayne Butler, CEO of BJK People’s Health Centers.
People’s will receive $578,000 for testing through the remainder of the year. More community health center partnerships will be announced soon.
“A robust testing environment is critical to helping us understand the level of spread in our community to get proper treatment to those who need it,” said Dr. Page.