Southeast receives grant for COVID-19 testing
Southeast Community Health Systems in Greensburg has been awarded a $262K grant to expand COVID-19 testing in Louisiana.
The grant was part of a more than $2.3 million allocation secured by U.S. Congressman Garret Graves to expand COVID-19 testing in health centers across his 6th Congressional District.
Louisiana was provided $10,460,799 to 36 health centers in Louisiana, to expand COVID-19 testing. Across the nation, nearly $583 million was given to 1,385 Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).funded health centers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and eight U.S. territories to support their testing capacity.
This funding for health centers is part of H.R. 266 – The Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, signed into law by President Trump on April 24th. The legislation provides funding for small businesses and individuals financially affected by the coronavirus, additional funding for hospitals and healthcare providers, and increased testing capabilities to help track the spread and impact of the coronavirus.
HRSA-funded health centers will use this funding to expand the range of testing and testing-related activities to best address the needs of their local communities, including the purchase of personal protective equipment; training for staff, outreach, procurement and administration of tests; laboratory services; notifying identified contacts of infected health center patients of their exposure to COVID-19; and the expansion of walk-up or drive-up testing capabilities.
Other 6th District health centers that were awarded grants in this round of funding were Access Health Louisiana in Luling; Baton Rouge Primary Care Collaborative; Capitol City Family Health Center, Inc. in Baton Rouge; HIV/AIDS Alliance for Region Two, Inc. in Baton Rouge, Innis Community Health Center; St. Gabriel Health Center, and Start Corporation in Houma.