The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced (press release) it is delivering $11 billion in funding appropriated by the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act funding to support testing for COVID-19, which includes:
- $10.25 billion to states, territories, and local jurisdictions distributed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through its existing Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Prevention and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases (ELC) cooperative agreement; and
- $750 million to Indian Health Service (IHS), tribal, and urban Indian Health programs distributed by the HIS.
The Governor or designee of each state, locality, territory, tribe, or tribal organization receiving funds (a list of recipients is available here) is required to submit a plan for COVID-19 testing to HHS. Plans must include goals for the remainder of the calendar year, as well as:
- The number of diagnostic, serological, and other tests needed each month;
- Month-by-month estimates of laboratory and testing capacity, including those related to workforce, equipment and supplies, and available tests; and
- A description of how resources will be used for testing, including easing any COVID-19 community mitigation policies.
Funding must be used to meet the testing goals laid out in the COVID-19 testing plan, including purchasing supplies (such as test kits and other testing supplies, as necessary).