MCH receives CARES Act funding to expand testing

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ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Federal grant funding from the CARES Act is coming to Medical Center Hospital.

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn announced the grant funding awarded to MCH on Thursday and said it will allow health care professionals to address the pandemic ‘head-on’.

“As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread across Texas, it’s important that we in Washington do everything we can to make sure our health care professionals can meet this challenge head-on,” Cornyn said in a statement. “I applaud the Trump Administration for continuing to make testing in Odessa an important priority.”

MCH will receive $227,387 in funding. Federal funding from the CARES Act also allowed the City of Odessa to establish several testing events that will continue through July.

Here are the dates and locations for the testing events from the City of Odessa:

July 14: Salinas Park (9 a.m. to 11 a.m.)
July 16: UTPB Park (9 a.m. to 11 a.m.)
July 21: Lawndale Park (9 a.m. to 11 a.m.)
July 23: Floyd Gwinn Park (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
July 28: Slaton Park (9 a.m. to 11 a.m.)
July 30: Central Park (9 a.m. to 11 a.m.)

“We would like to thank the senator for all his work and help ensuring that the people of West Texas have more opportunities to be tested and educated on the COVID-19 virus,” MCHS President and CEO Russell Tippin said in a statement. “Medical Center Hospital is proud to be the leader in West Texas in COVID-19 care and testing. We look forward to ensuring our community and neighbors get the testing and the treatment they need to defeat this enemy that we are in the battle with every day.”

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