Alabama nursing homes awarded millions for COVID-19 testing

Published: Jul. 7, 2020 at 11:10 AM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WTOK) - Governor Kay Ivey announced Tuesday the awarding of $18.27 million from the Coronavirus Relief Fund to provide baseline testing for coronavirus and proactive surveillance of the virus for health care personnel and residents of nursing home facilities across Alabama. 

“During the pandemic, it is critical we take care of our seniors and most vulnerable residents,” Ivey said. “Some of our largest outbreaks of COVID-19 were within nursing homes and we must do everything possible to contain the spread within their walls. Protecting these vital members of the community, as well as the dedicated staff who take care of them, is precisely the intent of the Coronavirus Relief Fund.”

Alabama received approximately $1.9 billion of federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act to respond to and mitigate COVID-19. The state designated up to $250 million of the Coronavirus Relief Fund to be used to support the delivery of health care and related services to citizens of Alabama related to the coronavirus pandemic.

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