Denver health center expands COVID-19 testing after receiving $216,000 grant


FILE – In this May 20, 2020, file photo, Salt Lake County Health Department public health nurse Lee Cherie Booth performs a coronavirus test outside the Salt Lake County Health Department in Salt Lake City. Public health officials have said robust testing for the coronavirus is essential to safely lifting stay-at-home orders and business closures, but states are creating confusion in the way they are reporting the data. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

DENVER, Colo, (KDVR) — The Inner City Health Center will be able to expand COVID-19 testing after receiving a $216,512 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

This month Colorado Senators Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner partnered with others to introduce a bipartisan bill, Timely and Effective Systematic Testing (TEST) Act, which would improve capacity to respond to COVID-19 and future pandemics.

Additional funding includes:

  • Nearly $3 Million for Colorado rural health clinics provided by HHS in May
  • $159 million to expand testing capabilities in Colorado, provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in May
  • Over $11.7 Million to expand Colorado’s testing capabilities provided by HHS in May
  • More than $10 million for Colorado to expand testing capability provided by the CDC in April

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