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Auburn Community Hospital awarded federal funding to help pay for COVID response

By Eric Reinhardt (ereinhardt@cnybj.com)

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AUBURN, N.Y. — Auburn Community Hospital will use a federal grant of more than $2.2 million to cover costs for emergency-protective measures taken for its COVID responses dating back to the start of the pandemic in spring 2020.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded the funding, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D–N.Y.) and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D–N.Y.) announced Thursday.

Federal Emergency Management Agency is awarding Auburn Community Hospital a grant of more than $2.2 million to cover costs incurred during its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo credit: zoeyadvertising.com)

The money reimburses the hospital for expenses related to COVID-19 testing, supplies, and medications for treating COVID-19 positive patients admitted to the hospital. The funding is provided at a 100 percent federal cost share, the lawmakers said.

The funding follows Schumer’s recent announcement that Auburn Community Hospital would receive over $3.4 million in “long overdue” federal funding from the American Rescue Plan’s (ARP) pandemic Provider Relief Fund for rural hospitals.

The senators said that the ARP funding — in tandem with the funding Schumer just secured — will give Auburn the “resources it needs” to combat the recent spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations in Auburn and cover rising costs.

“Upstate New York and its hospitals, especially in our rural areas, were among the hardest hit in the nation, and with this funding, Auburn and its incredible workforce will receive the dollars they need, and so very much deserve, to keep saving lives,” Schumer said. 

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