COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio nursing homes, assisted living centers and other group living facilities will get up to $20 million in state grants to improve their air quality, through a new program announced Monday by Gov. Mike DeWine.
The program is meant to cut back on the transmission of COVID-19 at these group-living facilities, which also includes adult day-care centers, DeWine said. Each eligible facility can get up to $15,000, which can be spent on inspections or improvements to their heating and cooling systems, including paying to upgrade air-filtration systems.
DeWine cited research from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, which has found that effective filtration can “greatly reduce” the transmission of viruses and other infectious agents. To be eligible for reimbursement, the work must have been done from March 1 to Dec. 30, 2020.
The money comes from the state’s share of the federal CARES coronavirus relief act, passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump earlier this year.
The new program will be administered by the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation and promoted by the Ohio Department of Aging.