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McSally: Arizona nursing facilities to get over $41M in CARES Act funding

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PHOENIX — Sen. Martha McSally on Friday announced over $41 million will be distributed amongst 121 skilled nursing facilities across the state as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Certified facilities with six or more beds will receive $50,000, plus a distribution of $2,500 per bed, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

McSally said funds began being distributed on Friday.

“This vital CARES Act funding will provide nursing home workers on the frontlines with more resources to properly protect themselves and our vulnerable seniors whom they serve and care for,” McSally said in a press release.

The money is part of nearly $4.9 billion that is being sent to nursing facilities across the country to help combat the coronavirus outbreak, which has more than 1.57 million cases nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s daily U.S. update on Friday.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says funds are meant to help nursing homes address needs such as labor, increase testing capacity, acquire personal protective equipment or other expenses related to the virus.

Nursing facilities have been particularly hit hard by the coronavirus as nursing homes across the country have seen up to a 6% decline in patient population since the start of 2020 from patients choosing other care settings or passing away, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

For all articles, information and updates on the coronavirus from KTAR News, visit ktar.com/coronavirus.

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