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Federal Government Ends Support For 13 Drive-Thru Coronavirus Testing Sites Including Seven In Texas

  • June 25, 2020

Politico (6/24, Lim) reports, “The federal government is ending its support for 13 drive-thru coronavirus testing sites on June 30, urging states to take over their operations – even as cases spike in several parts of the country.” Seven of the sites that will lose federal support are located in Texas, “which is experiencing record numbers of confirmed coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.”
      The Hill (6/24, Coleman) reports some members of Congress and Texas officials called for the Administration to continue supporting the sites by extending funding for them until August 30.
      Modern Healthcare (6/24, Bannow, Subscription Publication) reports the Community-Based Testing Sites have been supported by HHS and FEMA since March, but federal officials say the responsibility for supporting them will now be transferred to states. In response to criticism, federal officials pointed out that there are many testing sites in operation across the country and continuing to lend federal support to these 13 sites wasn’t fair to all the other states that were not receiving such support.