WASHINGTON (KTVZ) – Senses Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Announced on Friday that $ 25 million in federal grants was allocated to emergency services essential to the state’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic .
“As Oregon continues to recover from the pandemic, we cannot ignore the effects of COVID-19 on emergency personnel and their ability to provide assistance and administer tests when needed.” , said Merkley. “I am pleased that Oregon is receiving federal funding to maintain essential disaster protection measures, provide medical treatment for COVID-19 patients, and ensure our agencies are equipped to better serve Oregonians during ongoing emergencies. “
“The devastation caused by this public health crisis has hit rescue workers across Oregon hard and they deserve every ounce of federal support to help them do their jobs and keep Oregonians safe,” Wyden said. “I am pleased that our state is receiving this federal funding to strengthen its ability to respond to emergencies such as natural disasters as well as the continued need for Oregonians to receive life-saving COVID-19 treatment.”
The grants, administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of the US Department of Homeland Security, will go to two state agencies specializing in health services and disaster prevention. The Oregon Emergency Management Office will receive $ 14 million to improve the agency’s operations and strengthen the public assistance program. The Oregon Health Authority will receive $ 11 million for supplies, improved COVID testing and pandemic awareness efforts. Both grants will fully cover the state costs for the projects.