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Vt. receives funds to help defray COVID testing costs

VERMONT — The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be sending more than $13.2 million to the State of Vermont to reimburse it for the cost of testing both the public and government employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The $13,248,491 Public Assistance grant will go to the Vermont Agency of Human

Services for the costs of administering 1,792 CUE LAMP and 269,629 PCR COVID-19 tests required for the safe opening and operations of state facilities, including employees and visitors at state buildings, between May 2021 and March 2022.

That also included inmates, staff, and visitors at correctional facilities; students, staff, and visitors at public and nonprofit schools; residents, staff, and visitors at nonprofit long-term care facilities; and staff, campers, and visitors at public and nonprofit summer camps.

So far, FEMA has provided more than $413 million in grants to Vermont to reimburse the state for pandemic-related expenses.

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