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Fighting COVID-19, BWC extends Indoor Air Quality program


June 28, 2021

COLUMBUS – In the continuing effort to weaken COVID-19’s spread, the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation’s Board of Directors on Friday voted to extend the agency’s Indoor Air Quality Assistance Program through Dec. 31, 2021.

Prior to the Board’s vote, the federally funded $28 million program was set to end June 30.

“There are still millions of dollars in funding available to help ensure good air quality in places that serve our vulnerable citizens like nursing homes, senior centers, and intermediate care facilities,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “Adding six months to this program enables Ohio to reach even more facilities and protect vulnerable older Ohioans.”

“We’re pleased to answer Governor Mike DeWine’s call to continue to do what we can to assist our business community during these challenging times,” said BWC Interim Administrator/CEO John Logue.

The program offers up to $15,000 in reimbursement for eligible entities to inspect and assess their air quality needs and address those needs through portable air filtration systems, new filtration systems, maintenance on current systems, and other interventions implemented on or after March 1, 2020, through Dec. 31, 2021.

As of June 18, BWC has approved or is processing nearly 1,500 applications for $16.2 million in total funding.

Launched in November 2020, the program is funded by federal Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act dollars and administered by BWC at Governor Mike DeWine’s request. The CARES Act allows states to use federal funding from the Federal Coronavirus Relief Fund for necessary expenditures incurred by the state due to COVID-19 that were not authorized as part of the state budget.

Extension of the program does not guarantee applications will be accepted or awarded through Dec. 31. The program is limited to $28 million and applications are being reviewed and approved in the order they are received. For an application, FAQ, and more, visit this BWC webpage. Questions can be emailed to grants@bwc.state.oh.us.

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Media Contacts:

Kim Norris, 614-728-8045 or 614-361-0202, kimberly.norris@bwc.state.oh.us

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Established in 1912, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is the exclusive provider of workers’ compensation insurance in Ohio and serves 249,000 public and private employers. With nearly 1,700 employees and assets of approximately $25 billion, BWC is one of the largest state-run insurance systems in the United States. For more, visit www.bwc.ohio.gov.