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U.S. Senator Bob Menendez. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Menendez, Booker announce nearly $17 million in FEMA grants

By Nikita Biryukov, March 24 2021 10:46 am

U.S. Sens. Bob Menendez (D-North Bergen) and Cory Booker (D-Newark) announced nearly $17 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency grants that’ll aid the state Department of Health and the Shore Memorial Hospital Wednesday.

“Even though it appears we’ve turned the corner on the pandemic as the rate of vaccinations continue to climb, we cannot let our guard down,” Menendez said. “This funding will ensure health facilities across New Jersey have the resources they need to bolster their emergency protective measures for patients and staff as they continue to combat this virus and do everything they can to reduce its spread and save lives.”

The bulk of the funds, about $14.4 million will go toward reimbursing the Department of Health for costs related to the virus, including those incurred by field hospitals set up to handle hospital overflow at the pandemic’s peak.

The Shore Medical Center will receive just under $2.5 to cover the costs of purchasing personal protective equipment and emergency medical care services, among other things. The Agency last month eliminated a cost-sharing agreement for disaster grants.

“While we have made significant progress in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic, we must ensure New Jersey has the federal funding required to continue to respond to this crisis,” Booker said. “This grant money will help ensure that our state and our hospitals have the critical resources necessary to protect the health and well-being of our residents.”

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