HHS Releases July – December COVID-19 State Testing Plans
HHS released COVID-19 testing plans for July through December developed with the federal government by states, territories, and localities that received COVID-19 testing funding via the CDC Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Prevention and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases (ELC) cooperative agreement, including the $10.25 billion in Stimulus “3.5” funding distributed specifically for testing purposes. State plans were due to HHS by July 10 with details on critical parameters for state testing strategies, including target numbers of tests per month, as outlined in CDC’s ELC guidance document. Each plan includes the testing entities and laboratories that will perform tests, along with each laboratory’s available platforms and capacity by month. HHS’s designated review panel, chaired by the HHS Assistant Secretary for Health, will review state testing progress, needs assessment, and plans on a monthly basis to determine if modifications are required or additional assistance is needed.