10.13.20

Gardner Welcomes $4.4 Million FEMA Grant for Denver County to Respond to COVID-19

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) welcomed the announcement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that Denver County will receive $4,407,357 in expedited federal funding for emergency protective measures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, including establishing a community-based COVID-19 testing site.

“During this time of uncertainty, we must ensure that every community in Colorado has the resources they need to combat COVID-19,” said Senator Gardner. “This important funding from FEMA will allow Denver County to expand its testing capacity to help stop the spread of COVID-19. I will keep fighting to provide Coloradans with the resources needed to get through this public health crisis.”

This funding is authorized under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (“the Stafford Act”) and comes as a result of the President approving the state of Colorado’s Disaster Declaration, which Gardner and members of the Colorado delegation urged. In addition to this funding, Colorado received $12.4 million from FEMA on June 8, $14.6 million on May 14, $10.2 million on April 27, over $1.5 million on April 20, $4 million on April 15, and nearly $17 million on April 7.

In July, Gardner introduced the bipartisan Timely and Effective Systematic Testing (TEST) Act, which would strengthen the nation’s health preparedness efforts for COVID-19 recovery and future pandemics. It would require a plan for diagnostic testing and public health system integration to better detect infectious diseases, prevent outbreaks, and avoid future economic shutdowns related to pandemics.

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

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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.