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Cartwright Announces Over $1.3 Million to Expand Coronavirus Testing Capacity in Northeastern Pennsylvania

May 11, 2020
Press Release

Scranton, PA – U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) today announced the release of $1,338,297 to three northeastern Pennsylvania health centers as part of the newly created Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Expanding Coronavirus Testing (ECT) Program.

The following centers in northeastern Pennsylvania have received awards:

  • Rural Health Corporation of Northeastern Pennsylvania - $304,054
  • Scranton Primary Health Care Center Inc. - $277,474
  • Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers - $756,769

These funds provide additional resources for the centers to continue to provide health services our communities need during this health crisis. Specifically, they may be used for necessary expenses to purchase, administer and expand capacity for testing to monitor and suppress COVID-19.

“Widespread testing is the key to bringing this virus under control and getting our economy back up and running,” said Rep. Cartwright, a member of the House Appropriations Committee. “We’re not at the level we need to be yet, but this money for our local health centers is an important step in the right direction.”

These awards come from funding authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act (H.R. 748), which Cartwright helped enact on March 27. These resources, which will be distributed through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), can be used for coronavirus testing; diagnosing and treating COVID-19; and maintaining or increase health capacity and staffing levels to address this public health emergency. HRSA is making these investments available immediately, as they are critical to our health care response to the COVID-19 pandemic.