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Collins, King announce additional $52.7 million to expand COVID-19 testing in Maine

May 13, 2020

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that Maine has been awarded a total of $52,673,451 to purchase, administer, and expand capacity for COVID-19 testing.

“Expanded testing is essential for helping to protect Mainers’ health during the current public health crisis and to safely reopen our communities,” Collins and King said in a joint statement. “Testing will also give Mainers the confidence to resume their daily lives and return to work, school, restaurants, and recreational activities. This important funding will provide a substantial boost to Maine’s efforts to ramp up testing.”

This investment for Maine was included in the $480 billion bipartisan agreement that was signed into law last month, which included $25 billion for COVID-19 testing efforts. Of that amount, $11 billion was set aside for States, localities, territories, and tribes to support testing needs. In April, Senators Collins and King announced that Maine would receive $16,295,844 for COVID-19 testing, which was an initial allotment of state funding.

Separately, last week, Sens. Collins and King announced that 18 Maine health centers have been awarded a total of $4,732,797 for COVID-19 testing.

 

 

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