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    Friday, December 01, 2023

    Connecticut College awarded FEMA reimbursement for COVID-19 testing

    New London — Connecticut College will receive almost $1.9 million in reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for COVID-19 testing costs, the agency announced Tuesday.

    The $1,855,566 in federal funding is a reimbursement for about 80,699 tests for college students and staff between August 2020 and December 2021, according to a news release.

    "FEMA is pleased to be able to assist Connecticut College with these costs," FEMA Region 1 Regional Administrator Lori Ehrlich said in a statement. "Providing resources for our partners on the front lines of the pandemic fight is critical to their success, and our success as a nation."

    FEMA also announced in a news release on Tuesday a $3,669,857 grant to the state Department of Correction for reimbursement "for setting up and operating three testing centers around the state between March and November 2020."

    "Using both state workers and contractors, the DOC procured pop up tents, weights, heating, cables, moveable furniture, 360,000 nasal test kits, 140,000 oral test kits, swab kits, and collection tubes for testing," the release stated. "The DOC also leased 3 testing sites and provided boxed meals for field staff at a test site during a limited period in late April 2020 when restaurants in the area were closed during the pandemic."

    FEMA said so far it has "provided almost $416 million in Public Assistance grants to Connecticut to reimburse the state for pandemic-related expenses."

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