Bustos Announces More Than $2 Million in Federal Funding to Expand Coronavirus Testing Capacity

Health Centers in Peoria, Rockford, Rock Falls, Galesburg, Oquawka to receive support

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced that health centers across the region will receive a total of $2,022,800 to expand capacity for coronavirus testing from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This grant is in direct response to coronavirus-related legislation, which Congresswoman Bustos helped pass into law.

“Adequate testing capacity is essential in our fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and we must ensure that anyone who needs a test has access to one,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “Throughout this public health crisis, I’ve fought to provide our health providers with the support and resources they need to serve our communities. I’ll continue to work to make sure Illinoisans and families can stay safe and healthy as we weather this storm.”

Congresswoman Bustos is a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees HHS. In a hearing last week, Congresswoman Bustos raised the importance of testing capacity and in February she questioned Secretary of HHS Alex M. Azar II on the Administration’s efforts to prepare local providers for the coronavirus.

Below is a breakdown of funding by recipient:

  • Henderson County Rural Health Center in Oquawka: $162,424
  • Whiteside County Health Department in Rock Falls: $295,969
  • Knox County Health Department in Galesburg: $163,669
  • Crusaders Central Clinic Association in Rockford: $968,599
  • Heartland Community Health Clinic in Peoria: $432,139