State gets $1.6 million to prepare for flu season

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)Even as it continues to fight the cornavirus, the state has received almost $1.6 million in federal funds to prepare for the flu season this fall and early next year.

The $1,589,381, announced by U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, come through the Centers for Disease Control and were part of the more than $2.2 trillion in federal funds approved by Congress in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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“Even as we face the current health and economic crisis of the coronavirus, we must also prepare for the upcoming flu season and promote the continued health of Kentucky families,” said McConnell. “By assisting public health officials as they prepare for the flu season, we can protect high-risk Kentuckians, our healthcare heroes and our communities.”

In addition to these federal funds, the CARES Act has had an $11 billion impact in Kentucky so far, including $3.6 billion for housing, transportation, healthcare, education and economic development priorities, the Paycheck Protection Program, which is helping more than 46,000 Kentucky small businesses access over $5.2 billion in loans to keep their lights on and employees on payroll, and more than $3.2 billion in Economic Impact Payments from the U.S. Treasury.