Downey Bill Funding Healthcare Facility Sanitizing & Cleaning Needs Passes Assembly

TRENTON – Aiming to help healthcare facilities meet increased sanitization needs during the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee and the full Assembly passed a measure sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey this Monday.

The bill (A-3856) would make a supplemental appropriation of $10 million from the General Fund to assist certain healthcare and residential facilities with increased cleaning and sanitization during the outbreak. Facilities eligible for the grant include nursing homes, long-term care facilities, urgent care, retirement centers, and state psychiatric hospitals. 

“To combat this pandemic, we’re going to need to step up our cleaning and sanitization efforts in all public places," said Downey. "It’s even more critical in nursing homes, hospitals and other facilities that house our elderly and sick populations that may be more vulnerable to COVID-19. Ensuring areas are cleaned and disinfected on a more frequent basis is one of our best defenses against this virus.”

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