WASHINGTON, D.C.– The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is spending about $11 billion dollars on expanding COVID-19 testing across the country and $78 million of that is headed to the Natural State.
In a joint press release, sent to Ozarks First by the office of Arkansas-based U.S. Senator John Boozman, six of Arkansas’ Congressmen and Senators “applauded” this HHS’s decision on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.
“Expanding our testing capability is necessary to combating the spread of COVID-19 and safely getting Arkansans back to work. These funds will be used to respond to this public health emergency and ensure individuals who have been in contact with infected patients are aware of their risk,” a statement from Senator Boozman, Senator Tom Cotton, Congressman Rick Crowford, Congressman French Hill, Congressman Steve Womack, and Congressman Bruce Westerman said Tuesday.
Among the other states receiving testing support funds is Missouri, which should receive about $135,344,714 according to HHS documents.