Skip to content

July 27, 2020

Senators Collins, King Announce Nearly $330,000 for Health Center to Expand COVID-19 Testing in Androscoggin and Cumberland Counties

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that Community Clinical Services in Lewiston has been awarded a total of $329,717 to expand COVID-19 testing and tracing capacities.  The funding was awarded through the Paycheck Protection Program & Health Care Enhancement Act that was signed into law on April 24, 2020.  This legislation, which Senators Collins and King supported, included $52.7 million for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, $4.7 million for 18 Maine Community Health Centers, and nearly $2 million for 39 rural health clinics in Maine to support COVID-19 testing.   

“Community Clinical Services provides high-quality health care to many seniors and low-income families throughout Androscoggin and Cumberland Counties,” said Senators Collins and King in a joint statement.  “This important funding will support the health center’s ongoing efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic through increased testing and tracing.”

With this funding, Community Clinical Services will expand the range of testing and testing-related activities (such as contact tracing) to best address the needs of their communities, including the purchase of personal protective equipment; training for staff; outreach, procurement, and administration of tests; laboratory services; notifying identified contacts of infected health center patients of their exposure to COVID-19; and the expansion of walk-up or drive-up testing capabilities.

Community Clinical Services, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), provides medical, behavioral, and pediatric dental services to people in Lewiston, Auburn, Durham, Sabattus, Wales, Lisbon, Lisbon Falls, Poland, Minot, Mechanic Falls, and New Gloucester.

Next Article » « Previous Article