$803 million headed to Texas for COVID-19 testing in school

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced last week that it will invest $10 billion from the American Rescue Plan to ramp up COVID-19 screening and testing at schools, as well as $2.25 billion to “scale up testing in underserved populations, and provide new guidance on asymptomatic screening testing in schools, workplaces, and congregate settings.” Texas will receive $803 million for the program.

A Texas Education Agency initiative launched in October has provided some 3.2 million rapid tests to districts throughout the state. The TEA program started with a pilot of about a dozen districts, but hundreds more districts opted into the program in December and January.