BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Maryland Department of Health is committing $15 million in emergency funding to help adult medical day care facilities deal with the COVID-19 outbreak, the agency announced Tuesday.
The funds, from Maryland’s share of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding, are intended to cover the facilities’ operating expenses so they can continue their pandemic response efforts.
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“CDMA Centers provide a valuable service to some of Maryland’s most vulnerable citizens and their families,” said Maryland Health Secretary Dennis Schrader. “These centers help individuals stay in their homes and communities, avoiding more expensive institutional long-term care.”
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Last month, Governor Larry Hogan pledged $100 million to help hospitals and nursing homes deal with the COVID-19 outbreak. About half of this sum is intended to help address staffing shortages.
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The state also announced recently that it had received its first shipment of FDA-cleared antiviral drugs produced by Pfizer and Merck, which will be prescribed to those at high risk.