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Funding Will Expand Capacity For Testing During The COVID-19 Health Crisis 

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $16,790,380 in federal funding to help health centers in Upstate New York respond to and contain the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak. Specifically, this funding will help health centers purchase, administer, and expand the use of COVID-19 testing. The funding was allocated by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the Expanding Capacity for Coronavirus Testing (ECT) program. 

“Testing is essential to our COVID-19 response and to the successful reopening of the Upstate economy without triggering a second wave of infections,” said Senator Schumer. “This funding provides the essential expansion of testing needed to beat back the virus and for life to go back to normal. I am proud to have secured this vital funding for New York and will continue to fight tooth and nail for a fully-funded testing strategy that keeps New Yorkers safe.”

“To contain the spread of this disease and safely reopen schools and businesses, we must make COVID-19 testing widely available for all Americans,” said Senator Gillibrand. “Our state has faced more cases of COVID-19 than any other state and this critical funding will make testing and treatment more accessible in Upstate New York. As we fight to flatten the curve, I will continue to advocate for the resources needed during this pandemic.”

Funding recipients listed below by region: 

 Capital Region

Schenectady Family Health Services, Inc.


Whitney M. Young, Jr., Health Center, Inc.


 Central Region

East Hill Family Medical Inc.


Northern Oswego County Health Services, Inc.


Upstate Family Health Center, Inc.


Syracuse Community Health Center, Inc.


 Hudson Valley Region

Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center, Inc.


Ezras Choilim Health Center, Inc.


Cornerstone Family Healthcare


Open Door Family Medical Center, Inc.


Hudson River Healthcare, Inc.


Refuah Health Center, Inc.


 North Country Region

Hudson Headwaters Health Network


United Cerebral Palsy Association of the North Country, Inc.


North Country Family Health Center, Inc.


 Rochester and Finger Lakes Region

Regional Health Reach, Inc.


Anthony L. Jordan Health Corporation


Oak Orchard Community Health Center, Inc.


Rochester Primary Care Network, Inc.


Finger Lakes Migrant Health Care


 Southern Tier Region

Southern Tier Community Health Center Network


 Western Region 

Northwest Buffalo Community Health Care Center


The Chautauqua Center


Community Health Center of Buffalo, Inc.


Jericho Road Ministries Inc.