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Commissioners join push for health department grant

Monday, May 24, 2021 - The Sequoyah County Board of Commissioners agreed to issue a letter of commitment Monday that will allow the Sequoyah County Health Department to be part of a $3 million grant.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health Communities Health Workers COVID Response and Resilient Communities Grant will be shared between four Eastern Oklahoma counties and the money will be used to assess community needs and implement programs as needed. Such programs would include diabetes education or other similar classes.

Officials with the Sequoyah County Health Department said Monday that anyone 12 and older can come and get their COVID-19 vaccination now with no appointment necessary. The Health Department has also deployed a mobile vaccination unit whose staff has been giving shots around Sequoyah County.

In other business, the commissioners accepted the appointment of Dr. William Anderson, who is replacing Steve Henderson on the Board of Trustees of Northeastern Health System – Sequoyah.

The commissioners also:

*Approved a lease-purchase agreement for a 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab between Welch State Bank and the Sequoyah County Sheriff's Office

*Declared as surplus a 140 H Cat grader (District 2)

*Approved the transfer of funds from Civil Defense maintenance & operations to Civil Defense capital outlay

*Approved the transfer of funds from the sheriff's travel account to the sheriff's personal service account

*Approved the transfer of funds from District 3's maintenance & operations to T8

*Approved 2021-22 temporary appropriations

*Approved blanket purchase orders.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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