ALTON – To help protect the health and wellness of Metro East communities and to ensure that local health departments are properly funded while fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, state Reps. Monica Bristow, D-Alton, and Katie Stuart, D-Edwardsville, are calling for increased funding for local health departments in downstate Illinois.

“Our local health departments are vital to the wellness of our community, even when we are not facing a public health crisis. Properly funding our health departments will help lay the foundation to reopen our economy and prioritize the health of our downstate communities,” said Bristow. “The employees of these departments are on the frontlines of this pandemic, working with other first responders and emergency personnel in the battle against COVID-19. While we likely face an unprecedented budget crisis in our state, one requiring very serious decisions, giving local health departments the resources they need will ensure they can continue to work to protect us now and in the recovery after.”

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