Oak Orchard Health awarded $449K for Covid-19 testing

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 13 May 2020 at 3:11 pm

ALBION – Oak Orchard Health has been awarded $449,314 in emergency funding from the federal government to do Covid-19 testing.

It is part of $16,790,380 in federal funding to help health centers in Upstate New York respond to and contain the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, U.S. Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced.

The funding will help health centers purchase, administer, and expand the use of Covid-19 testing. The funding was allocated by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the Expanding Capacity for Coronavirus Testing (ECT) program.

Oak Orchard Health has centers in Albion, Lyndonville, Brockport, Warsaw and Hornell. Orleans Hub has reached out to Oak Orchard Health to see which sites the testing will be offered and when it be available.

“Testing is essential to our Covid-19 response and to the successful reopening of the Upstate economy without triggering a second wave of infections,” said Senator Schumer. “This funding provides the essential expansion of testing needed to beat back the virus and for life to go back to normal. I am proud to have secured this vital funding for New York and will continue to fight tooth and nail for a fully-funded testing strategy that keeps New Yorkers safe.”

“To contain the spread of this disease and safely reopen schools and businesses, we must make COVID-19 testing widely available for all Americans,” said Senator Gillibrand. “Our state has faced more cases of COVID-19 than any other state and this critical funding will make testing and treatment more accessible in Upstate New York. As we fight to flatten the curve, I will continue to advocate for the resources needed during this pandemic.”

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