SAN ANGELO, Texas — The City of San Angelo said Tuesday it is partnering with three hotels to house patients with COVID-19, who do not necessarily need to be in the hospital, but need somewhere to isolate themselves while they are still contagious; or to quarantine while awaiting test results.
This is specifically meant to help with overflow capacity from the hospitals. The hotels were not identified in the City's press release.
To fund this, the City has applied to the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) with a request for public assistance (RPA) to help provide non-congregate sheltering for citizens in need.
The amount approved by TDEM in the past was $636,480. The City applied for an extension (required every 30 days) of the RPA June 26, and is waiting for the authorization to continue the program.
The City will be reimbursed for these expenditures through either the TDEM program, or through the $1.1 million it budgeted July 7, from the Federal CARES Act. The act was granted by the U.S. Treasury for cities with less than 500,000 people. The funding is also administered through the state by TDEM.
While the non-congregate shelter grant can only be used for that purpose, the CARES grant can help with the City’s public health, public safety and medical expenses. The City was awarded almost $5.5 million through this grant, but the state is allowing an initial draw-down of 20% of the grant, which for San Angelo is $1.1 million.
The grant has restrictions for its use and can be used for the following eligible expenses:
- Medical expenses;
- Public health expenses;
- Payroll expenses for public safety, public health, health care, human services and similar employees whose services are substantially dedicated to mitigating or responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency;
- Expenses of actions to facilitate compliance with COVID-19-related public health measures;
- Expenses associated with the provision of economic support in connection with the COVID-19 public health emergency, and
- Any other COVID-19-related expenses reasonably necessary to the function of government that satisfy the Fund’s eligibility criteria.
Seventy-five percent of the funds are required to be used for items 1-4.