JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — More money is being directed towards nursing homes in Missouri.

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt says the Department of Health and Human Services is announcing that 502 skilled nursing facilities in Missouri will be receiving a total of nearly $165.4 million in additional coronavirus relief funding.

“This is a scary time for older Americans, especially as they are separated from loved ones to help protect their health during this pandemic,” said Blunt. “Nursing homes have faced a tremendously difficult and important task in trying to keep high-risk seniors safe. Those efforts will continue and we need to make sure they have the support they need. The funding announced today can be used for additional personal protective equipment, testing capacity, staffing and more.”

Nursing homes across that state and country have been seeing hard times as they continue to quarantine with many not having enough adequate equipment to care for their patients.