MVHS will receive nearly $4 million for COVID response expenses


Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand say more than $3.6 million in federal funding is being directed to the Mohawk Valley Health System to cover costs associated with emergency protective measures taken for their COVID response.

Funding comes from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA).

It will reimburse expenses related to the purchase of personal protective equipment, supplies, and cleaning and disinfection services such as nursing service contracts and COVID testing.

Schumer says the Mohawk Valley Health System and so many other entities across New York have heroically stepped up by increasing spending, while suffering a significant loss of revenue and working tirelessly to help New York fend off this virus.

“I am proud to provide this vital federal support to help these critical medical facilities recover and continue to keep our communities safe,” said Senator Schumer.. “Upstate New York and its hospitals have been among the hardest hit in the nation, and with this funding, the ongoing frontline fight of our health care system and its incredible workforce will receive the dollars they need, and so deserve, to continue saving lives.

Schumer says the funding is provided 100% by the federal government, which he says has fought to include for New York since the pandemic began.

“Health care providers have lost billions of dollars during the pandemic due to soaring costs and reduced revenues,” said Senator Gillibrand. “This federal support will help ensure that St. Luke’s Health Services and the Mohawk Valley Health System can maintain staffing levels, provide PPE and continue to keep our communities safe as we encounter and fight new variants of COVID-19. I will continue to work to help New York medical facilities offset operating costs so they can continue to provide quality care to every New Yorker.

St. Luke’s Health Services in Oswego received more than $1.5 million from FEMA.

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