Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the Maine Department of Health and Human Services has been awarded $1,122,202 to support their ongoing efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This investment will provide critical support to Maine’s dedicated medical professionals who are on the front lines working to keep our communities safe and healthy during this difficult time,” said Senators Collins and King in a joint statement. “We will continue our efforts to help provide health care providers throughout Maine with the resources they need to respond to COVID-19 and treat patients.”
This funding, awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Hospital Preparedness Program, will support hospitals and other health care providers to train their workforce; expand telemedicine and the use of virtual health care; procure supplies and equipment; and coordinate effectively across regional, state and jurisdictional, and local health care facilities to respond to COVID-19. In addition, this funding will advance the mission of the National Special Pathogen System to enhance national capacity and capability to respond to highly infectious diseases now and in the future.
Senators Collins and King previously announced more than $2.9 million in COVID-19 supplemental funding to support Maine hospitals.