Lawrence General Hospital is receiving $7 million in COVID-19-related reimbursements from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The money pays the additional costs of operating safely and handling more patients during the coronavirus pandemic between February 2020 and July 2021. Amounts cover additional emergency medical supplies, pharmaceuticals, personal protective equipment and disinfection/sanitizing supplies; renting equipment such as IV pumps; and contracting for additional security staff, temporary housekeepers, medical staff and physicians.
FEMA Region I Acting Regional Administrator Paul Ford said, “Providing resources for our partners on the front lines of the pandemic fight is critical to their success, and our success as a nation.”
FEMA’s Public Assistance program aids states and communities recovering from a federally declared disaster or emergency. So far, FEMA has provided nearly $769 million in Public Assistance grants to Massachusetts to reimburse the Commonwealth for pandemic-related expenses.