44 million awarded to Iowa for COVID-19 response

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KWQC-- The Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA has given $44 million to the state of Iowa to help in the COVID-19 response.

These funds were obligated Saturday, April 4, under major disaster declaration (FEMA-4483-DR) approved March 23.

This money will help the state in its purchases in March and April of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as isolation gowns, masks, face shields, safety glasses and gloves, thermometers, disinfecting wipes, sanitizer, respirators, and ventilators to assist hospitals, medical clinics, city and county governments, and certain private-non-profits across the state.

TV6 spoke with External Affairs Advisor, Deanna Frazier, about how the new funds will help healthcare workers in Iowa.

"FEMA personnel in the state of Iowa are working diligently with our state and local partners to provide this personal protective equipment to the state of Iowa. To the doctors. To the nurses. To the wards in the different hospitals and to the care centers around the state," Frazier said. "This is going to go a long way toward protecting our healthcare workers".

This reimbursement will cover the months of March and April, but they're anticipating the state to request more funding in the coming months.