The state of Ohio created a new $28 million program to help assisted living centers, nursing facilities and adult day centers improve indoor air quality and reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

The COVID-19 Indoor Air Quality Assistance Program provides reimbursement up to $15,000 for eligible applicants to help cover the costs of inspections, assessments, maintenance and improvements to indoor heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems to control the spread of the coronavirus.

Funds can also be used to address improvements through portable air ventilation, filtration, enhancement of current filtration systems, and other interventions. 

“As we move into colder months and spend more time inside, proper ventilation and filtration are even more important to stop the spread of COVID-19,” said Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine.

Facilities licensed by the Ohio Department of Health can apply for reimbursement of HVAC improvement or replacement expenses incurred between March 1 and Dec. 30 in response to COVID-19. Funding comes from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.

Application deadline is Dec. 30. Funds will be distributed through the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.