05.15.20

Gardner Applauds $159 Million to Expand Testing Capabilities in Colorado

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) applauded the announcement today from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that Colorado will receive $159,509,879 to support the state’s testing and contact tracing efforts.

“Our country’s wellbeing both medically and financially relies on our ability to see where the illness is and where it is not. This is only possible through widespread and rapid testing,” said Senator Gardner. “I’m pleased to see this critical funding from the CDC delivered to Colorado to expand our testing capabilities, and I will continue working with my colleagues and medical professionals to ensure our state has the necessary resources to get through COVID-19 together.”

This funding is provided by the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act and is in addition to the more the $11.7 million provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) last week to Colorado community health centers and the more than $10 million provided by the CDC in April to increase Colorado’s testing capability.

You can read more about Senator Gardner’s actions to protect Coloradans from COVID-19 here.

Senator Gardner is working around the clock to obtain more COVID-19 tests and personal protective equipment (PPE) for Colorado:

  • In a meeting with President Trump, Gardner and Governor Polis secured another 190,000 COVID-19 testing kits for the state of Colorado.
  • In May, Gardner applauded Taiwan’s commitment to send an additional 2.28 million masks to the U.S., including 100,000 to Colorado.
  • Gardner worked with the South Korean government to secure over 100,000 COVID-19 tests for Colorado and with the company Aytu Bioscience to secure 100,000 tests.
  • In April, Gardner worked with Taiwan to secure two million total masks for the U.S. and 100,000 for Colorado and worked with Lowe’s to provide 100,000 masks to Colorado.
  • Gardner secured 100 ventilators from the federal government for Colorado.

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Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.