WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman
of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human
Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor/HHS), announced that the
Department of Health and Human Services is awarding Missouri nearly $11 million
to expand coronavirus testing, contact tracing, and containment capabilities.
The funding was included in the Blunt-backed CARES Act.
“Making sure health care providers have all the
tools they need to fight the coronavirus will significantly reduce the time it
takes to safely reopen businesses and schools,” said Blunt. “These resources
will help public health agencies expand their testing capability, trace the
contacts of people who have been infected, and collect the data they need to limit
the spread of this pandemic. I will continue pressing the Department of Health
and Human Services to get additional resources to our state quickly so we can
get the coronavirus pandemic under control and get back to daily life as soon
The funding will support a wide variety of
activities, including: Enhancing testing capacity;Improving morbidity and mortality surveillance;Enhancing the ability to aggressively identify cases,
conduct contact tracing and follow up, as well as implement appropriate
containment measures; Controlling coronavirus in high-risk settings and
protect vulnerable or high-risk populations; andWorking with healthcare
systems to manage and monitor system capacity.