04.24.20

Gardner Applauds More Than $10 Million for COVID-19 Testing in Colorado

Funds provided by the CARES Act will be used to test, trace, and contain COVID-19

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) applauded the announcement that Colorado with receive $10,368,137 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to expand the state’s capacity to test, trace, and contain COVID-19. This funding is provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was signed into law on March 27, 2020.

“I’m pleased to see this important funding from the CDC delivered to Colorado to help contain and combat this virus,”said Senator Gardner. “Widespread testing for COVID-19 is critical to beating this pandemic.”

According to the CDC, this funding may be used to:

  • Enhance testing capacity
  • Establish or enhance the ability to aggressively identify cases, conduct contact tracing and follow up, as well as implement appropriate containment measures
  • Improve morbidity and mortality surveillance
  • Control COVID-19 in high-risk settings and protect vulnerable or high-risk populations and
  • Work with healthcare systems to manage and monitor system capacity

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:

  • Gardner worked with the South Korean government to secure over 100,000 COVID-19 tests and with the company Aytu Bioscience to secure 100,000 tests.
  • Gardner worked with Lowe’s to provide 100,000 masks to Colorado and worked with Taiwan to secure two million total masks for the U.S. and 100,000 for Colorado.
  • Gardner secured 100 ventilators from the federal government for Colorado.
  • Gardner called for an investigation into reports that thousands of ventilators in the national stockpile are not functioning.
  • Gardner has requested expedited review of certification capabilities of and PPE produced by universities in Colorado to help increase additional PPE for distribution.

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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.