Lexington, Ky – Congressman Andy Barr (KY-06) announced that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) will be awarding $97,738,054 to the Commonwealth of Kentucky to develop, purchase, administer, process, and analyze COVID-19 tests as well as expand contact tracing and support related COVID-19 initiatives. This funding is being allocated as part of the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act that Congressman Barr supported in the House of Representatives.  

“Since the beginning of this pandemic, I have been steadfast in supporting legislation to fund the development of testing capacity, accuracy and speed,” said Congressman Barr.  “Our state and our country have made tremendous progress in the accessibility of COVID-19 testing, with almost 400,000 tests being conducted nationwide on a daily basis, according to the American Enterprise Institute.  I am confident that the Commonwealth will utilize these funds to build further on these efforts.”

The Commonwealth previously received $7,464,395 from the CDC through the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, which Congressman Barr voted to pass in early March.  Additionally, Kentucky received another $8,293,772 from CDC through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, legislation Congressman Barr supported in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency.  In total, Kentucky has received $113,496,221 from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for the COVID-19 response.

For more information on the federal response to COVID-19, visit Rep. Barr’s website at https://barr.house.gov.