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Health centers get testing funds

Four Maui County health centers received $675,500 in federal funds for COVID-19 testing, U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz announced Thursday.

“Ramping up testing is critical to reopening our economy,” said Schatz, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “This new federal funding will give our local health centers additional resources to test more people for COVID-19, conduct contact tracing, and help stop the spread in our state.”

The health centers receiving funds included Community Clinic of Maui, $283,774; Hana Community Health Center, $126,904; Lanai Community Health Center, $130,714; and Molokai Ohana Health Care, $134,119.

The new federal funding, which was part of the latest relief package passed by Congress, can be sued for the purchase of personal protective equipment, training of staff, procurement and administration of tests, laboratory services, notifying identified contacts of infected health center patients of their exposure to COVID-19, and expansion of walk-up or drive-up testing capabilities.

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