The Federal Emergency Management Agency is reimbursing nearly $3.2 million to three Southcoast hospitals to cover the cost of purchasing protective equipment during the pandemic.

Southcoast Hospitals Group — Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford, and Tobey Hospital in Wareham — are set to receive $3.19 million from the federal agency, FEMA announced Wednesday.

The funds will cover the cost of personal protective equipment distributed to hospital workers, patients, and visitors early in the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The PPE — including isolation gowns, disposable gloves, and surgical and N95 masks, along with other equipment — helps prevent the spread of the virus.

"We are very grateful for this funding which will help cover a portion of the costs associated with our comprehensive COVID response to safely care for our staff, patients and community," stated a Southcoast spokesperson.

"We are thankful for our amazing frontline staff, partners and community members who continue to help us navigate through this challenging time."

“FEMA is pleased to be able to assist Massachusetts with these costs,” said FEMA Region I Acting Regional Administrator Paul Ford.

“Providing resources for our partners on the front lines of the pandemic fight is critical to their success, and our success as a nation.”

FEMA’s Public Assistance program provides funding for states and communities recovering from federally declared disasters or emergencies.

Thus far, FEMA has provided Massachusetts with more than $763 million in Public Assistance grants to reimburse the commonwealth for pandemic-related expenses.

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