WASHINGTON, D.C. – Testing is an important component to safely reopening our economy and controlling the spread of COVID-19. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that almost $583 million is going to 1,385 community health centers to help increase COVID-19 testing.
This funding is provided by the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, the most recent COVID-19 relief package. With upwards of 100,000 COVID-19 tests completed by community health centers each week, community health centers are truly on the front lines of this pandemic. This boost in funding will undoubtedly help in expanding testing, and it also builds upon work done in Congress to expand and make COVID-19 testing free.
In addition to this week’s announcement, HHS has also previously awarded, through funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, more than $1.3 billion to community health centers.
CLICK HERE for the map of COVID-19 testing awards.
Additional COVID-19 Resources:
E&C Republicans COVID-19 page
CDC COVID-19 website