Seneca Nation to receive $300k to help battle COVID-19

Posted at 12:19 PM, Apr 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 12:19:12-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Seneca Nation of Indians is set to receive more than $300,000 in federal funding to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Monday, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced $326,475 in federal funding for the Seneca Nation. This funding, allocated through the C.A.R.E.S. Act, will be used to connect health care providers to patients sheltering in place using a variety of methods including telecommunications services.

“As COVID-19 continues to sweep through New York, leaving no community untouched, it’s imperative that the Seneca Nation has the tools necessary to fight against the pandemic,” said Senator Schumer. “I am proud to have secured this vital funding for the Seneca Nation’s telehealth program and will continue to fight to make sure that the Nation has every dollar they need to respond and recover.”

“Everyone deserves to have access to quality health care,” said Senator Gillibrand. “It is imperative that our health care providers can stay connected to patients at home or in mobile locations during this crisis, and I am proud to have fought for this funding for the Seneca Nation of Indians. I will continue to support our Native American communities to ensure they have the resources needed to stay safe and healthy during this pandemic.”