MCALLEN, Texas (KVEO) — Federal funding has been announced for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley health education centers in order to help combat the spread of COVID-19.

Congressman Vicente Gonzalez said the $95,455 grant will help UTRGV expand its capacity to provide services to COVID-19 patients.

“Like I have said before, UTRGV is an invaluable partner for our community as we continue to combat the coronavirus,” said Congressman Gonzalez. “It is my hope that these funds will help create more positive impacts for those afflicted by this new virus.”

Dr. John Ronnau, UTRGV Senior Associate Dean for Community Health Partnerships says in the release they are grateful for the funds.

“This will directly impact our efforts in providing primary care to our rural communities, contribute to training medical students looking to gain experience in medically under-served settings, and assist in preventing and combating the spread of COVID-19 in our region,” said Dr. Ronnau.

For more information visit the UT Health website.