U.S. Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden have announced that $5 million in federal funding will be distributed to 102 rural health clinics in Oregon to help boost their  coronavirus testing capacity. 

The funding was part of a $25 billion fund for increased testing included in the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, which Congress passed last month. 

“The high-quality treatment and care that Oregon’s rural clinics and dedicated health care professionals provide to families across our state are more invaluable than ever as we continue to grapple with this public health emergency,” Merkley said. “It’s our responsibility to make sure these heroes have the resources and support they need to stay safe and do their jobs. I’m pleased that this funding will help provide that support, and I will continue to fight for every available resource they need to continue treating our rural communities.” 

Read the full press release from the office of Jeff Merkley at https://www.merkley.senate.gov/news/press-releases/merkley-wyden-announce-5-million-for-oregons-rural-health-clinics-to-increase-coronavirus-testing-2020