Added COVID-19 testing on the way with $1.6B from the Biden administration

Plan is to expand testing in schools, shelters and pilots of regional coordinating centers

MIAMI, FLORIDA - MARCH 18: A member of the health care staff from the Community Health of South Florida, Inc. (CHI) prepares to test people for the coronavirus in the parking lot of its Doris Ison Health Center on March 18, 2020 in Miami, Florida.
A member of the health care staff from the Community Health of South Florida prepares to test people for the coronavirus(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is directing $1.6 billion to bolster COVID-19 testing nationally, including money to expand testing in schools and homeless shelters, boost supplies needed for testing, and analyze results to more quickly identify new strains of the virus.

Laura Olson
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