PATERSON, NJ- The Paterson Community Health Center will receive $72,477 from the Department of Health and Human Services to aid in the fight against COVID-19, Representative Bill Pascrell announced Thursday.

The news came just before after city officials announced the deaths of two residents, both men, 70 and 84, from the respiratory virus. On Sunday a 69-year-old woman became the first Paterson resident to lose her life from the illness.

According to Pascrell the funding was included in the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act signed into law on March 6.

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“As our nation faces an unprecedented pandemic, it is vital that our health care workers on the ground have everything they need to comba COVID-19,” Pascrell said of the award that will allow the Center to address screening and testing needs, acquire medical supplies, and boost telehealth capacity in response to the spread of the virus. “While this funding is the first of its kind, it will not be the last.”

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