FEMA approves $95M to help cover costs of traveling health care workers in Hawaii

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Published: Jan. 19, 2022 at 4:00 PM HST|Updated: Jan. 19, 2022 at 6:13 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - FEMA announced Wednesday that it will provide Hawaii with $95 million for traveling health care workers to help handle the Omicron surge.

The state will get half of the amount up front, FEMA officials said.

The funds will cover the deployment of 955 medical personnel to overwhelmed hospitals. Nurses hired under the DOH contract with ProLink Healthcare started arriving at Hawaii hospitals in the past week.

“The Omicron surge has put a strain on medical workers and hospitals as they cope with demand for services and illnesses among their own staffs,” said the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency.

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