Two Hamilton County health centers will receive federal funding for expansion of COVID-19 testing. The U.S. Health Resources and Services awarded the funds as part of the nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Chattanooga Hamilton County Hospital Authority will receive $318,919 and the Hamilton County Department of Health will receive $192,349.
The funding for health centers is part of the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act.
In addition to providing funding for small businesses and individuals financially affected by COVID-19, it provides grants for hospitals and health care providers and increased testing capabilities to help track the spread and impact of the coronavirus.
Across the U.S., health centers are providing more than 100,000 weekly COVID-19 tests in their communities, according to a news release from State Senator Todd Gardenhire.