Walker County legislators announced Friday that Capstone Rural Health Center will receive $652,160 in federal funding to combat the recent COVID-19 outbreak.
Capstone Rural Health was one of 17 Community Health Centers in Alabama that was awarded Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Supplemental Funding.

Capstone Rural Health has offices in Arley and Double Springs in Winston County and Parrish, Nauvoo and Jasper in Walker County.

Both Rep. Tim Wadsworth, R-Arley, and Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed, R-Jasper, are both appreciative of the award.

“I would like to thank the House of Representative and Senate, as well as President Trump, for making these funds available. This is welcome news for our community and for those who work at Capstone Rural Health,” Reed said in a statement Friday. “We have not seen anything like this disease in our lifetime and this funding will go a long way to ensuring that our health care workers are protected with personal protective equipment, those need tests will get them, and those who have contracted this disease will get treatment.”

In the same statement, Wadsworth said, “David Jones, director of Capstone Rural Health, has done an excellent job providing health services to citizens of Walker and Winston counties. David is also on top of the grant application process. These funds are critical to citizens in getting top quality health services. Without the work of David and Capstone Health Care providers, many citizens would fall through the cracks.

“We need to give a special thanks to Capstone staff particularly during this COVID-19 crisis. Statewide there are over 350 health care workers who have contracted COVID-19. We pray that all health care workers remain safe and healthy. They are on the front line."