UMass Memorial Health Care, Inc. will be receiving $4.7 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to reimburse costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic between January 2020 and March 2022.
According to a statement, FEMA said the total amount awarded from Public Assistance grants is $4,693,148. One grant amounting to $3,364,294 will cover the cost for testing 107,246 people between January and July 2020. The grant will also cover the cost of setting up tents with generators, installing HVAC and hiring security.
Additionally, UMass Memorial Health also contracted translation services to allow for communication between patients and healthcare workers during the pandemic. The healthcare system also used transportation services to deliver items between hospital locations and transport the remains of dead patients.
UMass Memorial Health was also awarded a grant of $1,328,854 to reimburse the cost of renting 945 ventilators between August 2021 and March 2022. The grant will also cover costs associated with purchasing reagent dispensers and beside monitors.
“FEMA is pleased to be able to assist UMass Memorial Health Care with these costs,” said FEMA Region 1 Regional Administrator Lori Ehrlich in the statement. “Providing resources for our partners on the front lines of the pandemic fight is critical to their success, and our success as a nation.”
Over $1.4 billion in Public Assistance grants have been awarded to Massachusetts by FEMA so far. FEMA describes the Public Assistance program as “an essential source of funding for states and communities recovering from a federally declared disaster or emergency.”