$41 million in federal dollars to nursing homes for COVID fight

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky nursing homes are getting more than $41 million federal CARES Act monies to help support staffing, testing ad personal protective equipment.

The $41,007,500 will go to 280 nursing homes. It’s the second round of federal money since the coronavirus outbreak began in the state in March. Almost $130 million was allocated in May.

“Like all of Kentucky’s healthcare heroes, these facilities’ workers are courageously working to keep our loved ones safe,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in announcing the funding.

“These payments for nursing homes are necessary to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) and other resources to protect our residents and staff from COVID-19,” said Betsy Johnson, president of Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities and Kentucky Center for Assisted Living.

“We are proud of Signature’s recovery rates, which have been in the thousands. However, Kentucky long term care providers continue to face enormous challenges each day, just to stay atop of the ever changing COVID-19 course,” added Signature HealthCARE President and CEO Joe Steier.

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