FEMA approves $5.4 million grant for Sanford Health's COVID-19 response in South Dakota

Dominik Dausch
Farm Forum

Sanford Health is the recipient of a substantial grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

FEMA announced Tuesday that it has awarded $5.4 million in public assistance funding to Sanford Medical Clinic as reimbursement for costs related to South Dakota's COVID-19 response, according to a news release from the agency.

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Eligible reimbursement costs included materials and personal protective equipment used by the health system to prevent the spread of coronavirus between health care workers and the public. This includes face shields, gowns, hand sanitizers and masks purchased between Jan. 20, 2020, and April 1, 2021, per the release.

On Oct. 1, 2021, the agency allocated about $36 million in total assistance to South Dakota after President Joe Biden authorized a major disaster declaration for the state.

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To date, FEMA has awarded more than $6.6 million to reimburse the state's coronavirus spending.

Dominik Dausch is the agriculture and environment reporter for the Argus Leader and editor of Farm Forum. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook @DomDNP and send news tips to ddausch@gannett.com.