Direct Relief Commits Initial $2 Million for U.S. Coronavirus Response

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Feb. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Direct Relief has committed an initial $2 million in emergency funding to support the fight against novel coronavirus in the U.S. as national health officials warn of its expected spread.
Direct Relief Commits Initial $2 Million for U.S. Coronavirus Response
The funds are being allocated to bolster inventories of preventive and critical care equipment and supplies, provide emergency financial support to nonprofit safety-net health providers, and to backstop public health efforts conducted by state and local public health agencies.Since January, Direct Relief has drawn down its emergency stocks to provide 35 tons of personal protective equipment (PPE) to safeguard health workers at more than 60 health facilities in areas with confirmed coronavirus cases.The bulk of support to date has been furnished to Wuhan and other Chinese cities, where the initial outbreak occurred, and is now increasingly being provided to U.S. nonprofit health facilities, which Direct Relief supports on an ongoing basis and during emergencies.
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