You can now submit new orders for point-of-care testing supplies and N95 masks to Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) and community health center partners by 11:59 p.m. their local time on Monday, March 7.
The HRSA has encouraged these health centers to “leverage” COVID-19 response supplies and distribute essential items to such populations as residents of HUD-assisted housing.
The testing program is part of the Biden Administration’s “Path Out of the Pandemic” COVID-19 Action Plan. Participating health providers have access to:
a limited quantity of point-of-care, rapid antigen testing analyzers, and
test strips for clinical settings.
The N95 masks for the COVID-19 Response supplies come from the Health and Human Services (HHS) Strategic National Stockpile (SNS). The SNS is “part of the federal medical response infrastructure” that supplements medical countermeasures needed during public health emergencies.
Ultimately, the goal of distributing the COVID-19 Response supplies is to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It has been deadly. Nearly one million people in the United States have died since February 2020 as a result.