Four health care providers presented their requests Thursday to the Cole County Commission for federal COVID-19 relief funds.
Some of the requests involved proposals to help with future COVID-19 testing in the county, while other requests were to help with costs already incurred during the ongoing pandemic.
Representatives from Jefferson City’s two hospitals — St. Mary’s Hospital and Capital Region Medical Center — told commissioners their requests were to cover expenses for the COVID-19 testing that they’ve been providing.
St. Mary’s Chief Nursing Officer Mike Hyde said the hospital’s request for $319,893 would cover expenses from March through August. St. Mary’s has done 11,000 tests since March, operating six days a week, he said. With inclement weather expected this fall and winter, the hospital plans to adjust its testing site and will need a new car port and tent, Hyde said.
Capital Region Medical Center requested more than $1.1 million