It was announced Friday, April 10, that Capstone Rural Health Center will receive $652,160 in federal funding to combat the 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 and Senator Greg Reed are appreciative of the award.

“I would like to thank the House of Representatives 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. “We have not seen anything like this disease in our lifetime, and this funding will go a long way to ensure that our healthcare workers are protected with personal protective equipment, that those who need tests will get them and those who have contracted this disease will get treatment.”

“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,” Wadsworth said.

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