In order to assist the state in combating the COVID-19 epidemic, the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will provide $27,167,202.82 in funding to the state of Oregon. To the Oregon Department of Human Services in the amount of $25,985,000
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Pandemic Aid In The Amount Of $27.1 Million
$1,186,702.82 to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center On Wednesday, October 19, United States Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden of Oregon made the funding announcement.
According to Senator Merkley, “As Oregon continues its recovery from the COVID-19 outbreak, this FEMA funding will help ensure that state and local first responders and public health agencies are ready to safeguard Oregonians when another public health disaster strikes.” Helping Our Health Care Institutions Recover and Rebuild So That Our Communities and Neighborhoods Can Remain Safe and Healthy
“This federal support will help alleviate financial burdens caused by the extraordinary costs of responding to a once-in-a-century public health emergency—helping our health care institutions recover and rebuild in order to keep our communities and neighborhoods safe and healthy.”
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“The economic effect of the epidemic impacted hard throughout Oregon,” said Wyden. “These federal resources will help health care providers restore the financial health needed to ensure that they can safeguard the physical health of Oregonians.”
“I’m glad that our state has been able to secure these federal funds, which are so necessary to respond to this public health crisis, and I’ll keep fighting to make sure that all of Oregon has what it needs for a full recovery,” the governor said. “This is a public health crisis that affects the entire state.”
The funds will be used to assist the Oregon Department of Human Services and Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in their financial recovery from the cost of emergency response efforts and the provision of personal protection equipment (PPE) to healthcare professionals during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.