COOK COUNTY, MINNESOTA ~~~~ August 26, 2020 (LSN) Community donations to the COVID-19 Medical Response Fund have surpassed the $20,000 North Shore Health Care Foundation matching threshold.
Thanks to many generous donations from the community, including a $10,000 donation from Wayne & Pamela Wesala, the fund has now reached $21,625, and the North Shore Health Care Foundation (NSHCF) will contribute an additional $20,000.
The COVID-19 Medical Response Fund will assist the health partners of the Cook County Emergency Operations Incident Command Team secure resources needed in the fight against, and response to, COVID-19 locally.
The funds raised will be issued as grants to the Emergency Operations Center upon request, as needed, for items such as personal protective equipment (PPE), tests/testing-related costs, behavioral health response costs, equipment and materials related to public health response, and possible vaccine-related costs once a COVID-19 vaccine is developed and can be distributed locally. To date, the health partners have not yet requested any of the funding. The incident command team is carefully considering when to use the Medical Response Fund based on several circumstances, including if Cook County experiences a surge in confirmed COVID-19 cases and if the County can first use available 2020 CARES Act funding. It is unknown whether CARES Act funding will be available in 2021.
According to Grinager, the local COVID-19 medical response funds raised are expected to be needed in the near future. “They absolutely will be needed; this is not even a question for me.”
The fund will remain open for additional donations if anyone would like to contribute. Donations can be made at www.NorthShoreHealthCareFoundation.org.
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