Use covid relief funds where need is greatest

Thanks for the clear picture of the tragedies in our county from covid-19: hunger, homelessness, and the Snohomish Health District’s difficult frontline defense against the pandemic. (“Facing enormous need, county grapples with critical deadline,” The Herald, Nov. 14). Indeed this is the situation around our nation, and covid-19’s impact is felt in other countries in our world.

First, locally, the Cares Act dollars remaining should go to immediate needs of the homeless and its prevention, to the hungry, and health care via funding our public health district. Our local health district received Cares Act funding and ramped up testing and contact tracing. Unfortunately, these funds will expire in December unless Congress acts now.

The Snohomish County Health District needs to continue this work without a break which would cause the pandemic to get even worse. Meantime, our country and our state particularly depend on trade for the economy, therefore ending the pandemic globally is necessary to get our economy back on track. Please contact your members of Congress, Reps. Rick Larsen and Suzan DelBene, and Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell to let them know we need a relief package passed now, that includes at least $20 billion (far less than 1 percent) for global relief to end this global pandemic. They have all been supportive and done their best, but our voices add to their power to get something done. Use yours.

Willie Dickerson


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