WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last Sunday, Surgeon General Jerome Adams said, “this is going to be the hardest and the saddest week of most Americans’ lives, quite frankly…This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment…”
While the nation braces for the worst, the Trump administration is retreating from the fight — leaving states to fend for themselves on COVID-19 testing.
According to newly released internal documents obtained by government watchdog Accountable.US, the federal government will shift the burden of running Community-Based Testing Sites to states by tomorrow, Friday April 10th.
“As millions of Americans put their lives on the line to serve those in need, the Trump administration is throwing up its arms and walking away from the fight. Ending support for testing sites and shifting the burden to already under-staffed and under-resourced state governments is the Trump administration’s latest failure,” said Accountable.US President Kyle Herrig. “Now, more than ever, states need the federal government’s support — but once again, all they’re getting are its broken promises.”
Below please find additional background:
On March 30, HHS Told State Health Departments That The Federal Government Intended To Pull Support From Federally Created Health Testing Sites By April 10, 2020…
[Fwd_ Community-Based Testing Sites Transition To States, 3/30/20]
The Community-Based Testing Program Is A Federally Supported, State-Directed Program. “The COVID-19 community-based testing program is a federally supported, state-directed program in collaboration with Verily’s Project Baseline. The testing guide below has been developed to align with guidelines provided by federal and state public health authorities. Parties adopting this guide should work with their clinical operations, environmental health and safety teams, and their state and local authorities to ensure compliance with relevant laws. This guide includes clinical and operational input from Stanford Medicine, based on their testing protocols and experience addressing COVID-19.” [Verily, 4/2/20]