Trump Administration Invests $50,000 in COVID-19 Testing Equipment For Wray Community District Hospital
Investment to Help to with Essential Community Healthcare Services
Wray, CO August 24, 2020 – The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $50,000 to support healthcare services, in particular COVID-19 testing equipment in Wray, Colorado.
“Rural America relies on safe, modern community facilities and equipment to ensure access to quality health care,” said Sallie Clark, USDA Rural Development Colorado State Director. “The quick response time of these tests will help to identify and control the incidence of this disease in the community.”
In Wray, the hospital district will use a $50,000 Community Facilities Grant to purchase a new and larger lab analyzer to prevent and limit community spread of COVID-19. Wray Community Hospital District plans to perform in house, rapid testing, within 45 minutes, for COVID-19.
The district will replace their current equipment with a Cepheid® GeneXpert® analyzing system equipped with 12 testing bays. The GeneXpert® uses Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing and will allow for the determination of whether the DNA of a specific bacteria or virus is present in a specimen.
“Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA has been working tirelessly to be a strong partner to rural Colorado in building stronger and healthier communities, because we know when rural America thrives, all of America thrives,” said Clark.
USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information in Colorado, visit www.rd.usda.gov/co.
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Gardner Welcomes $50,000 Grant to Expand COVID-19 Testing in Wray
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) attended a grant award ceremony in Wray to welcome the announcement that Wray Community District Hospital will receive a $50,000 Rural Development investment award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to expand COVID-19 testing availability.
“In order to beat this pandemic, we must be able to see where the illness is and where it is not, and robust access to accurate testing is key to that strategy,” said Senator Gardner. “I was honored to be in Wray to help celebrate this new grant from the USDA to expand testing capabilities in Yuma County, and I will continue fighting to ensure communities across Colorado have the resources they need to get through this crisis.”
This funding is in addition to the more than $200,000 provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to increase Colorado’s testing capability in July, the nearly $3 million provided by HHS, $159 million provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and more the $11.7 million provided by HHS in May, and the more than $10 million provided by the CDC in April.
You can read more about Senator Gardner’s actions to protect Coloradans from COVID-19 here.