February 18, 2022

Cori Bush, Dr. Page Announce $4.6 million in Federal Funding for St. Louis County Pandemic Response

ST. LOUIS, MO — Today, U.S. Congresswoman Cori Bush (MO-01) and St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page announced $4.6 million in federal grant funding from FEMA for St. Louis County to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding comes on top of the $700 million in COVID-19 relief that Congresswoman Bush delivered for St. Louis area governments as part of the American Rescue Plan. 

“We know that every additional dollar we bring into St. Louis to stop the spread of COVID-19 can save a life,” said Congresswoman Cori Bush. “My team and I continue to pursue every avenue possible to not only help St. Louis end this pandemic, but to deliver an equitable recovery. I’m grateful to Dr. Page and FEMA for their continued partnership in our work to save lives in St. Louis.”

“These funds will reimburse us for costs the county incurred during the first six months of this pandemic,” said County Executive Dr. Sam Page. “We had to move quickly, doing all we could to protect our residents and employees from a new, lethal virus.”

This award provides $4,601,666.90 in federal funding to reimburse St. Louis County for emergency protective measures — such as personal protective equipment, testing supplies, and medical supplies — under Section 403 of the Robert T. Stafford Act. 

Since taking office, Congresswoman Bush has prioritized bringing COVID-19 relief to St. Louis, delivering $700 million in relief for the St. Louis area through the American Rescue Plan — including $26 million for St. Louis area health centers and millions for local businesses, securing an 8-week-long FEMA mass vaccination site in downtown St. Louis City, and hosting virtual town hall meetings to share critical information to help keep the community safe.

In January 2022, Congresswoman Bush was instrumental in securing a federal medical team to address staffing shortages at Christian Hospital. On January 29th, Congresswoman Bush and Dr. Page visited with the medical personnel to welcome them to St. Louis and thank them for their critical work.