DENVER – FEMA has approved more than $1.68 million in additional Public Assistance funding for the COVID-19 response in Utah. The assistance was made available under a major disaster declaration issued April 4, 2020. FEMA has provided more than $166.2 million in Public Assistance funding for the Utah COVID-19 response to date.
FEMA provided the funding to the University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics for the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) including, face shields, medical gowns, N95 masks, respirators, gloves, and other medical supplies. The protective equipment enabled hospital workers to mitigate the spread of the virus while providing essential care and undertaking life-saving measures during the pandemic.
For the COVID-19 response, FEMA has simplified the Public Assistance application and funding process to address the magnitude of this event and to allow local officials to receive eligible funding more quickly. These reimbursements play a critical role as state, tribal and local officials work tirelessly to assist their communities during this response.
Additional information about FEMA’s Public Assistance program can be found at www.fema.gov/assistance/public.