Lowey Announces more than $1.5 billion to Increase Testing Capacity in New York
New York State to receive $700.2 million and New York City to receive $807.5 million for increased testing capacity
Funding is part of $25 Billion for testing allocated in the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act
House is expected to vote this week on the Heroes Act, relief legislation introduced by Congresswoman Lowey to provide additional $75 billion for nationwide testing and contact tracing
WHITE PLAINS, NY – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester) today announced that New York State will receive $700,248,982 and New York City will receive $807,512,729 to expand testing capacity for COVID-19. This funding is part of the $25 billion previously announced in the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act to effectively monitor and suppress COVID-19.
New York State will use this more than $700 million to build upon previous investments in testing. This funding will go toward necessary expenses to develop, purchase, administer, process, and analyze COVID–19 tests. This includes support for the workforce, contact tracing, and the scaling up of testing efforts. Funds will be used to test for both active infection and prior exposure, the manufacturing, procurement, and distribution of tests, and testing equipment and supplies, including personal protective equipment (PPE) needed for administering tests.
“The Lower Hudson Valley has been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus pandemic,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “With increased testing, we have been able to more quickly identify cases, flatten the curve, and save lives. Thankfully, this funding will further expand testing capabilities in New York so that more New Yorkers can be diagnosed more quickly. It is essential that we continue to invest in testing, as it is the best way to identify and contain the virus.”
Congresswoman Lowey helped lead the House negotiations on the CARES Act that included a total of $127 billion for the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund (PHSSEF), also referred to as the Provider Relief Fund, $16 billion of which is being used primarily to support development and purchase of medical supplies relating to testing and vaccines, and treatments. The Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act supplemented these resources with the additional $25 billion.
This week, the House is expected to vote on the Heroes Act introduced by Congresswoman Lowey. This legislation would provide an additional $75 billion for nationwide testing and contact tracing.