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New Mexico to receive over $6M for COVID-19 testing and contact tracing

Christina Rodriguez
Updated: April 28, 2020 05:12 PM
Created: April 28, 2020 10:31 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico's congressional delegation has announced the state will receive over $6 million through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act for COVID-19 testing and contact tracing efforts.

“National recovery efforts rely heavily on significantly ramping up testing to track and effectively contain the spread of the coronavirus,” Sen. Martin Heinrich said in a release“Until scientists develop scientifically-validated therapies and vaccines, testing is the only tool we have to provide businesses and consumers with the certainty and confidence to reopen the economy. 

New Mexico already had testing sites in all 33 counties and was one of the first states in the U.S. to begin testing asymptomatic essential workers. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be providing $6,638,183 for: 

  • Enhancing the ability to effectively identify infected individuals, and conduct contact tracing to alert and isolate other possibly infected indviduals which helps stop the spread of disease. 
  • Improving morbidity and mortality surveillance, which will help public health experts capture the full scope of COVID related deaths. 
  • Enhancing testing capacity to detect infected individuals. 
  • Controlling COVID-19 in high-risk settings and protecting vulnerable or high-risk populations, including at nursing homes. 

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