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Menendez, Booker announce $23M in FEMA funding for COVID-19 pandemic emergency protective measures

NEW JERSEY – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker (both-D-N.J.) announced a combined total of $23,070,897 to the State Police of New Jersey and Hackensack Meridian Health, Inc. from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DOH) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

These grants will cover emergency protective equipment costs incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic including cleaning and disinfection services, personal protective equipment (PPE), and testing.

“COVID-19 impacted all facets of life in the U.S., including our first responders’ and frontline health workers’ ability to protect and serve their communities. This fast-spreading, deadly virus put the men and women working in hospitals, health centers, and law enforcement in the difficult position of compromising their health for the sake of others,” Menendez said. “That’s why this funding is critical in eliminating the potential financial burden these organizations may face with the costs used to acquire life-saving equipment, contracted cleaning and maintenance services, and hiring additional staff.”

“Since the onset of Covid-19, our first responders and health care workers have put their lives on the line to keep our communities healthy and safe,” Booker said. “Federal funding such as this ensures that they can continue to provide essential services that are crucial to keeping all New Jerseyans protected.”

The New Jersey State Police was awarded $13,880,057.66 to cover COVID operations through contracted services, equipment, materials, warehouse storage for PPE, vaccines and supplies, refrigerator unites and forklifts, testing services, and maintenance for the equipment, generators and ventilators

Hackensack Meridian Health was awarded $9,190,839.45 to cover the costs incurred during the pandemic for materials and services such as contract disinfection services, cleaning supplies, PPE storage, disposable supplies, and temperature screening services.

In March, Sens. Menendez and Booker announced $16.3M in FEMA funding to NJ medical centers, including Centrastate Healthcare System, Holy Name Hospital, and Middlesex, Essex and Morris Counties.

In the same month, Sens. Menendez and Booker announced $48.2M in FEMA funding to Hackensack Meridian Health Inc. for testing, staffing, personal protective equipment and medical supply costs. Also in March, Sens. Menendez and Booker announced $2.9M in FEMA funding for staffing costs incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic by Valley Hospital and Cape Regional Medical Center.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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