October 7, 2021
Mayor Teri Johnston the City Commission commended the Florida Keys Area Health Education Center (AHEC) for providing free COVID-19 testing for residents.
“We want to thank the city leadership and the mayor and commission for having confidence in us to deliver this program,” said AHEC Executive Director Michael Cunningham. “It was the right decision at the right time.”
In January the City presented AHEC with a check for over $171,000 for rapid Covid-19 testing. The money was a portion of the $1.3 million reimbursement from Monroe County for a portion of the losses experienced due to the pandemic.
Cunningham said that, during the drive-through rapid testing at Key West High School, they would see as many as 160 people during a 3-hour period.
“AHEC has been an integral partner throughout the COVID-19 pandemic providing testing, insight, and assistance in the City’s various programs to aid local citizens and businesses,” reads the commendation. “AHEC has provided direct medical, community health and education services through community-based collaborative partnerships; and continues to provide primary and oral health care to children/students, tobacco cessation services to all residence and accredited professional education programs.”
In the photo: Commissioners Gregory Davila and Jimmy Weekley, Mayor Teri Johnston, AHEC Executive Director Michael Cunningham, and Commissioners Sam Kaufman, Billy Wardlow, and Clayton Lopez.