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HHS awards $16,797,397 to expand COVID-19 testing in Pennsylvania

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), today awarded $16,797,397 to 43 health centers in Pennsylvania, to expand COVID-19 testing. Across the nation, nearly $583 million was awarded to 1,385 HRSA-funded health centers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and eight U.S. territories to support their testing capacity. Nearly 88 percent of HRSA-funded health centers report testing patients, with more than 65 percent offering walk-up or drive-up testing. Health centers are currently providing more than 100,000 weekly COVID-19 tests in their local communities.

Today’s funding for health centers is part of the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, signed into law by President Trump on April 24. The legislation provides funding for small businesses and individuals financially affected by COVID-19, additional funding for hospitals and health-care providers, and increased testing capabilities to help track the spread and impact of the coronavirus.

For a list of award recipients, visit https://bphc.hrsa.gov/emergency-response/expanding-capacity-coronavirus-testing-FY2020-awards.

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