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FEMA provides $858,000 for COVID-19 response efforts

By Staff | Jul 25, 2020

DENVER The Federal Emergency Management Agency has provided $858,439 in Public Assistance funding for COVID-19 response efforts undertaken by CommonSpirit North Dakota, a nonprofit health system. The assistance was made available under the major disaster declaration issued April 1 by President Trump.

FEMA’s Public Assistance program provides funding for emergency actions undertaken by communities to protect public safety, providing at least a 75 percent funding share for eligible costs. Remaining costs are the responsibility of the state and local applicants for assistance.

CommonSpirit North Dakota’s Public Assistance grant addresses the significant financial burden and hardship across its health care network. Eligible costs approved for reimbursement include labor, equipment, and materials that have enabled CommonSpirit North Dakota to conduct diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19 patients, establish enhanced safety and screening measures for those entering health care facilities, and expand patient capacity to meet the challenges of COVID-19.

For the COVID-19 response, FEMA has simplified the Public Assistance application and funding process to address the magnitude of this event and to allow local officials to receive eligible funding more quickly. These reimbursements can play a critical role as state, local and tribal officials work tirelessly to assist their communities during this response.

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