Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell visited Sterling Health Care on July 8, 2020, to recognize the health center’s receipt of C.A.R.E.S. Act funding, during a press conference.
The C.A.R.E.S. Act, more formally known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, was introduced by Senator McConnell and signed into law by US President Donald Trump. To date, the C.A.R.E.S. Act is the biggest economic rescue package in history. The portion of the funding received by Sterling Health Care was applied towards bringing its furloughed workforce back to full-time status, purchasing PPE (personal protection equipment) for its clinics, and facilitating COVID-19 testing sites. Also speaking on the subject of the funding was Tina Bryant (SHC Interim CEO & CAO), Dr. Richard Hall (SHC CMO), and Dr. Leslie Aslam (SHC Director of Behavioral Health & Substance Use Disorder Services).
During the press conference, Senator McConnell also stressed the importance of mask wearing and social distancing practices, to prevent the continued spread of the Coronavirus. “There is no Republican or Democratic approach to wearing a mask,” stated the Senator. “The smartest thing for us to do is to follow the advice we’re given…and it should continue until we find a vaccine.”