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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

U.S. Rep. Lawrence Announces $315 Million Grant Award for COVID-19 Testing in Michigan

May 15, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Representative Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14) announced a total of $315,183,795 in grants to the state of Michigan from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a part of the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. The Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act appropriated $25 billion to the Department of Health and Human Services for expenses to develop, purchase, administer, process, and analyze COVID-19 tests; conduct surveillance and contact tracing, and other related activities. As part of the total funding amount, the CDC is awarding $10.25 billion in funding to states, localities, and territories.

“Increasing our testing capacity and beginning the process of contact tracing is essential to limiting the spread of COVID-19 and allowing states across the country to begin the process of re-opening in the safest manner possible,” said Rep. Lawrence. “Federal resources are crucial to supporting doctors and scientists in Michigan in the fight against this pandemic. This CDC funding will go a long way toward ramping up testing and tracing in Michigan and get us on the path back to normalcy as quickly as possible. The fastest way to emerge from this pandemic is through a rigorous and widespread testing strategy, including expanding access to mobile testing in hotspots that need it the most.”

 

Background:

  • The Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act provided $25 billion to the Department of Health and Human Services for COVID-19 testing expenses;
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is awarding $10.25 billion of these funds to states, localities, and territories;
  • Michigan received $315 million as a part of this program;
  • Funding will be used to acquire and administer tests, as well as conduct contact tracing to limit the spread of COVID-19.