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Health officials begin distributing millions of dollars to Arizona nursing facilities

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Posted at 6:39 AM, May 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-22 09:45:48-04

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Friday it has started to distribute millions of dollars to the state's nursing facilities amid the coronavirus pandemic.

HHS will be distributing 121 payments totaling $41,432,500 to help combat the effects coronavirus has had on skilled nursing facilities in Arizona.

The funds will be distributed alongside funds that have already been announced in order to support the nursing homes and care facilities.

“This funding secured by President Trump will help nursing homes keep the seniors they care for safe during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar in a press release. “The Trump Administration is providing every resource we can, from funding and direct PPE shipments to regulatory flexibility and infection control consultations, to protect seniors in nursing homes and those who care for them.”

Each skilled nursing facility with six or more certified beds will reportedly get a fixed distribution of $50,000, plus $2,500 per bed.

"These additional funds may help nursing homes address critical needs such as labor, scaling up their testing capacity, acquiring personal protective equipment and a range of other expenses directly linked to this pandemic," HHS said in a press release.

More information can be found here.