Texas receives $5.9 million to boost state’s COVID-19 response

A Central Texas community health center will receive a share of almost $5.9 million awarded to Texas to address screening and testing needs, purchase medical supplies and increase their telemedicine capacity. (AP Photo/John Minchillo/file)
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(KWTX) The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday it’s providing Texas with almost $5.9 million to be shared among 72 health centers in the state including one in Central Texas to address screening and testing needs, purchase medical supplies and increase their telemedicine capacity as part of the effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The Heart of Texas Community Health Center in Waco will receive $128,793.

The funds were authorized by the $8.3 billion Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that the president signed on Friday.

“HRSA-funded health centers have been and will be critical players in our national response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar.

“The new grants we’re releasing today are a rapid injection of resources secured by President Trump from Congress in the supplemental funding bill, building on the strong investments HHS has made in health centers over the years.”