Hurd Announces $3.1 Million for Health Centers Fighting COVID-19

I recently announced that health centers in Texas’ 23rd district will receive more than $3.1 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to continue combating the COVID-19 pandemic through testing. These funds are part of the FY2020 Expanding Capacity for Coronavirus Testing (ECT) awards and are the result of the most recent Coronavirus economic relief package, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, which Hurd advocated for.

Testing is key to controlling the spread of COVID-19, and, because of this new funding, more of our health care facilities can advance their testing capabilities. Robust testing infrastructure will make it simpler and safer for our economies to begin reopening, and it will help stop this virus.

An ECT award provides one-time funding to support health centers to prevent, prepare for and respond to COVID-19. Specifically, funds may be used for necessary expenses to purchase, administer and expand capacity for testing to monitor and suppress the virus.

The following health organizations were awarded an ECT grant by HHS:

  • Vidaysalud Health System Inc., Crystal City, TX - $190,894.00
  • South Texas Rural Health Services Inc., Cotulla, TX - $204,364.00
  • El Centro Del Barrio, San Antonio, TX - $1,547,164.00
  • Community Health Development Inc., Uvalde, TX - $258,919.00
  • Cactus Health Services, Inc., Sanderson, TX - $127,189.00
  • Presidio County Health Services Inc., Marfa, TX - $192,409.00
  • United Medical Centers, Eagle Pass, TX - $599,449.00
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