University of Iowa to get nearly $8 million in FEMA grants for COVID

(Iowa City, IA) -- The University of Iowa is getting nearly 8-(m) million dollars in FEMA grants, to offset COVID-19 expenses.

The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics will use it to reimburse costs for protective measures and medical gear, as well as testing and cleaning supplies.

FEMA has awarded nearly 400-(m) million dollars to the state of Iowa from March thru September, to support COVID-19 response efforts.

The funding includes reimbursement of certain emergency protective measures such as PPE, supplies and testing; money for crisis counseling programs; lost wages payments that extend unemployment benefits for eligible individuals, and costs for the deployment of National Guard members who have been supporting the state’s COVID-19 efforts in a variety of ways since April.

FEMA has awarded more than $1.2 billion throughout Region VII, which covers Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.

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