Wed. Apr 24th, 2024

New Mexico delegation announces over $6 million for testing and contact tracing

WASHINGTON (KSMX)- In a press release, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.)and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.), announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is awarding New Mexico $6,638,183 through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act for COVID-19 testing and contact tracing efforts.

Coordinated contact tracing, coupled with expanded testing capacity, will allow public health officials to isolate those who might be infectious and slow the spread of coronavirus. These measures are two critical public health activities that health experts say must be in place in order to safely reopen the state’s economy.

New Mexico has been aggressively expanded testing capacity and now has 64 test sites in all 33 counties and was one of the first in the nation to begin testing asymptomatic essential workers. The state has also mobilized a team of nearly 100 public health workers who have spoken to more than 150,000 people as part of the state’s contact tracing efforts to stem the spread of the disease.

Congress also passed legislation this week that includes an additional $25 billion to increase national capacity for testing and contact tracing, with $11 billion dedicated specifically for future funding to states.

“We cannot rebuild our economy or return to normal life safely without drastically expanded testing and contact tracing across the country,” said Udall. “Thanks to our state leadership, New Mexico has been out in front on testing, and this $6 million in funding in addition to resources included in the recently passed interim COVID-19 relief agreement will help our state’s public health department operate at the needed capacity.”

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