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DeLauro Announces More Than $8.5 Million for the Connecticut Office of the State Comptroller to Reimburse for Costs Associated with COVID-19 Testing

July 21, 2021
Press Release

Second FEMA Grant Brings Total Amount Awarded to More Than $10 Million

NEW HAVEN, CT – House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03) today announced $8,588,950 for the Connecticut Office of the State Comptroller for Emergency Protective Measures to help to cover costs associated with COVID-19 testing throughout Connecticut. This second grant awarded through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) brings the total amount of federal relief to the Connecticut Office of the State Comptroller to $10,741,203.

The COVID-19 pandemic is not over. As we work to end the spread of the coronavirus and help our businesses and communities in Connecticut build back better, we cannot leave our hospitals and state and local governments to cover the costs incurred during the pandemic,” said Congresswoman DeLauro. “I am proud that this federal funding I helped secure continues to support relief efforts at home in Connecticut. We must continue to ensure those who protect and serve our community during the pandemic can stay afloat and continue their work to care for the people of Connecticut.”

“As the pandemic evolved over the course of last year, Connecticut and other states worked diligently to build the infrastructure to ensure adequate capacity and availability for COVID-19 testing,” said Comptroller Kevin Lembo. “This second grant from FEMA supports Connecticut residents by fully funding the testing agreements between my office, local hospitals and laboratories as the pandemic surged. I am grateful to FEMA and as well as Congresswoman DeLauro and other members of Connecticut’s delegation who worked to secure this grant during these unprecedented times.”

The Connecticut Office of the State Comptroller provided COVID-19 testing services for communities throughout Connecticut including first responders, direct care state employees, high-risk communities, the National Guard, and Nursing Homes. All work and costs in this project fall between July 1, 2020, through September 30, 2020.

As Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, DeLauro led her colleagues in securing these federal funds and worked to ensure this grant program covers 100 percent of the costs of the State Comptroller’s emergency response.