Federal Funding Coming to Hawai‘i to Support Testing, Contact Tracing

April 24, 2020, 7:30 AM HST (Updated April 23, 2020, 3:48 PM)
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Hawai‘i will receive at least $21.3 million in new federal funding to support the state’s testing capacity for COVID-19 and contact tracing.

Monies will also support the research, development, validation, manufacturing, purchasing, and administration of tests and testing supplies.

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“The only way we can begin to reopen our economy is by ramping up testing,” said Sen. Brian Schatz, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “This new federal funding will give Hawai‘i additional resources to test more people for COVID-19, conduct contact tracing, and help stop the spread in our state.”

Hawai‘i will receive at least $16.3 million specifically for testing through the new $500 billion coronavirus relief package passed by the Senate on Tuesday. The bill is expected to pass the House of Representatives later today.

Today, Hawai‘i is also receiving $5 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This funding was provided by the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was signed into law in March.

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