Charlie Crist: HHS Sending Funds to Help Pinellas County Expand Coronavirus Testing

From his perch on the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is sending funds to Pinellas County to expand testing for coronavirus.

Crist announced on Monday that HHS is sending $1,120,943 to Pinellas County.

“The majority of that funding will be distributed to the Community Health Centers of Pinellas, the main testing sites for low-income and minority communities in Pinellas County,” Crist’s office noted.

“Robust testing is absolutely crucial to re-open our community safely and effectively. While testing has increased across the country, low-income communities are being under-tested and neglected,” said Crist. “This funding will help Pinellas County and the Community Health Centers of Pinellas to provide testing to everyone who needs a test, regardless of income or zip code.”

Crist was first elected to Congress in 2016 and moved to the Appropriations Committee when Democrats took over the House after the 2018 elections.

 

Reach Kevin Derby at kevin.derby@floridadaily.com.

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