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FEMA will provide Hawaiʻi with $48M to pay for 1,000 temporary medical staff

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The Queen's Health Systems
More than 100 medical workers funded mostly by FEMA arrived in Hawaiʻi over the weekend and have started orientation and deployment to The Queen's Medical Center-Punchbowl and The Queen's Medical Center-West Oahu. (Jan. 17, 2022)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will provide Hawaiʻi with a $48 million grant to support local hospitals fighting the pandemic.

The funding will be used to hire nearly 1,000 temporary medical staff, including nurses, pharmacists and therapists. The state asked for funding to deploy 955 medical personnel for three months until April 1.

The advance funding represents half of the $95.8 million sought by the Hawaiʻi State Department of Health at the request of the Healthcare Association of Hawaiʻi, the state said in a news release.

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