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News from the office of Senator Tester

U.S. Senate — $5 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding is headed to Montana to help protect patients and health care workers from COVID-19.

The funding—administered by the Center for Disease Control—will help strengthen and equip state and local public health departments and other partner organizations with the resources needed to better fight infections in U.S. healthcare facilities, including COVID-19. Montana will receive $2,692,676 to improve state-based nursing home and long-term care infrastructure by allowing state and local health departments to staff, train, and deploy strike teams to help skilled nursing facilities, nursing homes, and other long-term care facilities with known or suspected COVID-19 outbreaks. The strike teams will provide surge capacity to facilities for clinical services and staffing and to strengthen infection prevention and control activities to prevent, detect, and contain outbreaks, including support for COVID-19 vaccination.

Another $2,749,578 will go to state and local health departments to help health care workers prevent infections from occurring in health care settings more effectively, including by providing funding for rapid response and outbreak detection, increased data collection, and to engage in innovation targeted at combating infectious disease threats across healthcare settings.

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