WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) released the following statement announcing that Nevada has received $88,992,134 in grant funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to be used for enhanced testing and contact tracing of coronavirus cases in Nevada.
“In order to protect the health of Nevadans as we safely and effectively move toward reopening our state, we must mobilize an expansive and efficient system for testing and contact tracing,” said the Senators. “This funding will allow Nevada to take much-needed precautions in order to protect the well-being of our state. We will continue working in Congress to protect the health of all Nevadans and ensure the Silver state can get back to work as safely and quickly as possible.”
BACKGROUND: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will award $10.25 billion in funding to jurisdictions using funds from the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act 2020, which both Senators Rosen and Cortez Masto voted for. These funds will be directed to states, localities, and territories to develop, purchase, administer, process, and analyze COVID-19 tests, conduct surveillance, trace contacts, and related activities.
Each jurisdiction will receive the funding no later than May 23, 2020, through CDC’s existing Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Prevention and Control of Emerging Infection Diseases (ELC) cooperative agreement. Funding allocations for each jurisdiction can be found here.