CHICAGO – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (Ohio EMA) announced today that $2.4 million has been made available in federal disaster aid for expanded medical services, personal protective equipment and emergency medical transportation in the state of Ohio.
This grant funding is part of the recovery efforts in response to the COVID-19 federal disaster declaration of March 31, 2020. OhioHealth Corporation, a not-for-profit hospital system, provided isolation and medical treatment for COVID-19 patients at five hospitals in and around the Columbus area. OhioHealth purchased and distributed medical supplies including COVID-19 screening and testing kits and personal protective equipment. Four temporary staging sites were setup for initial patient screening, and OhioHealth also provided medical transportation, expanded existing medical facilities and established alternate care sites to eliminate the threat to life, public health and safety.
“FEMA’s Public Assistance Program is an important resource for communities affected by COVID-19,” said FEMA Region V Administrator James K. Joseph. “This grant funding has helped ensure the necessary medical services and equipment are available in Ohio to help combat this virus.”
“Areas in and around Columbus, Ohio have recorded the highest rates of COVID-19 cases in the state,” said Ohio Emergency Management Agency Executive Director Sima Merick. “This funding allows OhioHealth Corporation to continue its mission of providing critical medical care to patients.”
The Public Assistance Program funding will be administered by Ohio EMA. FEMA provides a 75 percent federal share of eligible reimbursable expenses for this project. The federal share of the FEMA grant is $2,485,792, with the remaining amount paid by OhioHealth Corporation.
FEMA’s Public Assistance Program provides funding to local government jurisdictions and eligible private non-profits for the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged infrastructure as well as costs incurred for debris removal, disaster cleanup and emergency actions taken to protect lives or property.
To learn more, visit FEMA’s website at http://www.fema.gov/public-assistance-local-state-tribal-and-non-profit