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Rep. Williams Announces $2.2 Million Awarded to Austin Area Health Centers to Expand COVID-19 Testing

May 8, 2020
Press Release

AUSTIN, TX Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX-25) today announced $2,218,043 in grants awarded to Austin Area health centers by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The funding, allocated in the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, is intended to cover expenses to expand testing, purchase PPE, train staff, administer tests, carry out laboratory services for tests and expand drive-thru testing sites.

Recipients in the Austin area receiving grants:

  • Travis County Healthcare District in Austin: $1,840,954

  • People’s Community Clinic: $377,089

Greater testing is critical to reopening our economy and instilling confidence in our communities, and I’m proud to secure this funding to expand the work our Austin-area health centers are already doing,” said Congressman Williams. “Health centers play a crucial role in combating COVID-19, and we must equip them with the resources necessary to prevent further spread of the virus and treat Texans.”

Background:

The Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, supported by Congressman Williams and signed into law by President Trump on April 24, 2020, provided an additional $360 billion in small businesses relief, $75 billion in hospital assistance, and $25 billion directed toward testing for COVID-19.

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Congressman Roger Williams represents the 25th Congressional District of Texas and serves as a member of the House Committee on Financial Services.