The Centers for Disease Control has awarded Delaware’s Division of Public Health $67 million to expand COVID-19 testing and create a public health epidemiological surveillance system.
“The enhanced funding from the CDC will allow us to expand community testing in Delaware and to rapidly build our contact tracing program, especially among vulnerable populations.” says Dr. Kara Odom Walker, Secretary of Delaware’s Department of Health and Social Services.
In addition to testing and contact tracing, the funds will be used to hire staff, purchase tests and lab supplies and enhance DPH’s surveillance and investigation capabilities.
Delaware’s Senior U.S. Senator Tom Carper said “We know that the key to safely reopening our economy is expanded testing capabilities.”