Eastern Kentucky health providers receive funding for expanded COVID-19 testing

Several Eastern Kentucky health care providers are among more than two dozen providers to receive funding for expanded COVID-19 testing.

According to a statement from Sen. Mitch McConnell’s office, 25 health care providers across Kentucky have received portions of more than $10.3 million in funding for expanded COVID-19 testing. The funding is being provided through the federal Department of Health and Human Services and were made possible through the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act.

“Expanding access to coronavirus testing at community health centers will help slow the spread of this virus and help Kentucky take meaningful steps toward safely re-opening,” McConnell said in the statement.

An employee with Kroger demonstrates a COVID-19 test during a drive-through testing event in Pike County in April.

According to the statement, the following health centers are set to receive funding for expanded COVID-19 testing:

• Big Sandy Health Care, Inc. in Prestonsburg — $550,054
• Kentucky Mountain Health Alliance, Inc. in Hazard — $141,004
• Mountain Comprehensive Care Center, Inc. in Prestonsburg — $136,864
• Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation in Whitesburg — $787,789

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Source: Mountain Top