TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy has received news that 53 New Jersey hospitals would split $1.7 billion in new federal funding allocated under the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act.

In making the announcement during his May 2 press briefing, Murphy said the funding will be deposited this week, calling it “critical financial aid to our hospitals and health systems to support our front-line health care workers.”

The 53 hospitals were among 395 hospitals throughout the United States hardest hit by the coronavirus to receive a total of $12 billion through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). New Jersey’s $1.7 billion share is the second-largest amount of funding awarded — behind only New York, Murphy said in a Facebook post.

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Although it was not disclosed which hospitals will be receiving the aid, the total 395 hospitals accounted for 71 percent of COVID-19 inpatient admissions reported to HHS from nearly 6,000 hospitals around the country, according to the department, whose state-by-state breakdown of funding was not immediately available in a new release on its website.

The latest round of federal funding comes less than a week after Murphy visited President Donald Trump requesting more financial help for the state.

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