Las Vegas, Nev. – U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced $1,096,121 in grant funding awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to the Nevada System of Higher Education to fund small rural hospitals working to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
“We’re pleased to see Nevada get funds our rural communities need to ramp up testing for coronavirus, keep health care workers safe, and support treatment for any Nevadan who falls ill,” said the Senators. “We continue to work to expand testing, secure personal protective equipment, and provide support for all Nevadans affected by COVID-19.”
Through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HHS has awarded $165 million to combat the coronavirus pandemic in rural areas, including the $150 million that the CARES Act allocated to assist small rural hospitals during this public health emergency. Senators Cortez Masto and Rosen both pushed for funding for hospitals to be included in the legislation.
The CARES Act funding allows hospitals maximum flexibility in how they respond to COVID-19 within their communities, including the provision of testing and laboratory services as well as the purchase of personal protective equipment to minimize COVID-19 exposure.