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Conn. awarded FEMA funding for pandemic response

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be sending almost $3.7 million to the State of Connecticut to reimburse the state for setting up and operating a series of neighborhood testing sites during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The FEMA Public Assistance grant to the Connecticut Department of Corrections will reimburse it for setting up and operating three testing centers around the state between March and November 2020.

Using both state workers and contractors, the DOC procured pop up tents, weights, heating, cables, moveable furniture, 360,000 nasal test kits, 140,000 oral test kits, swab kits, and collection tubes for testing.

The DOC also leased 3 testing sites and provided boxed meals for field staff at a test site during a limited period in late April 2020 when restaurants in the area were closed during the pandemic.

So far, FEMA has provided almost 416 million dollars in Public Assistance grants to Connecticut to reimburse the state for pandemic-related expenses.