ATLANTA, GA — Gov. Brian Kemp announced Friday that $113 million in federal coronavirus relief funds would be made available to Georgia nursing homes for increased staffing and COVID-19 response.
Nearly $80 million alone would be applied to testing nursing-home personnel.
This money augments more than $36 million of state money already spent for staff support to 115 skilled nursing facilities since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“My top priority from the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic has been to ensure the health and safety of our most vulnerable citizens,” Kemp said.
As of Friday, 2,531 residents of Georgia’s nursing homes and assisted-care facilities have died because of the coronavirus. That’s more than a third of Georgia’s 7,106 deaths so far.
GEORGIA’S CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS FOR FRIDAY, OCT.2
Georgia Department of Public Health in Atlanta reported a total of 320,634 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at 2:50 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2.