TOLEDO – Today, state Senator Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) announced the distribution of $400 million in federal funding as the state continues to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We are living life in a pandemic, so the need to be flexible and work with agencies to address our constituents’ needs is of the utmost importance,” Fedor said. “The swift allocations of these dollars will mean a safer return to the new normal we find ourselves in. Providers throughout our state have really stepped up to the plate, and these dollars will go a long way in providing the supports they need to keep Ohio safe and healthy.”
The $400 million is part of the $4.5 billion Ohio received from the CARES Act earlier this year.
Last-minute agenda items included $25 million for infection control, $62 million for rural hospitals, $78.5 million for long-term care facilities, $91.1 million for skilled nursing facilities and $22.5 million for behavioral health providers.
The Department of Education also had four requests approved, including $24.6 million for urban school districts, $34.5 million for rural and small town school districts, $28.8 million for suburban school districts and $12 million for county boards of developmental disabilities, joint vocational school districts and others.
Additionally, the Board approved $92.3 million for public institutions with the highest percentage of residential students, $53.9 million for other public institutions and $53.8 million for independent institutions to be released through the Department of Higher Education.
“As college courses begin to resume and K-12 institutions prepare for return in the fall, our educational institutions will need all the support they can get,” Fedor said. “Covid-19 is more prevalent in Ohio than it was when the decision was made to close schools back in March, which creates more challenges for school districts than ever before. These districts have been working all summer to continue to feed and provide support through these unprecedented times, so it is only right that the state does its part in getting them the support they need.”