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CDC to Invest $2.1B to Expand Infectious Disease Detection, Prevention Efforts

NEW YORK – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Friday that it will invest $2.1 billion in public health departments and partner organizations to provide resources to fight infections in US healthcare facilities.

Some of the money, which is coming from the American Rescue Plan, will be used to expand state and regional laboratory capacity to conduct surveillance of emerging pathogens, including those resistant to antibiotics, the center said in a statement.

The funding will support improvements across the healthcare system, including in hospitals, nursing homes and long-term care facilities, dialysis clinics, and ambulatory surgery centers, as well as other outpatient settings.

Over the next three years, $1.25 billion will be issued to 64 state, local, and territorial health departments. An initial $885 million will be awarded in October to the health departments, with $500 million used to support personnel in state-based nursing home and long-term care facilities with known or suspected COVID-19 cases.

The remaining $385 million will go to the departments to strengthen state capacity to prevent, detect, and contain infectious disease in healthcare settings.

That includes funding for increasing lab capacity, implementing infection prevention and control training to frontline healthcare staff, and increasing data and monitoring of infections in healthcare settings through the National Healthcare Safety Network.

Part of the $385 million will also be used to support state data analyses of antibiotic use and implement programs to improve antibiotic prescribing across communities, the CDC said.

An additional $880 million will be used to develop new prevention interventions and capacities for infection prevention and control training, data collection, and technical assistance.

“Funding will provide significant resources to our public health departments and healthcare systems and opportunities to develop innovative strategies to protect every segment of the US population, especially those disproportionately affected by the pandemic, at a time that they are hit hard," CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said in a statement.